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 Post subject: Why Do These Pundits Still Have Jobs?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:28 pm 
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Why Do These Pundits Still Have Jobs?

Jan 15, 2007

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Prewar cheerleaders who inexplicably still have jobs:
from left, N.Y. Times columnist David Brooks, New Republic
editor at large Peter Beinart and
N.Y. Times columnist Thomas Friedman.


Radar magazine takes aim at people like David Brooks, Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, wondering why they haven’t been held accountable for their spectacularly erroneous pre-Iraq war analyses.

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The piece, in the following direct quotation, also reminds us about something downright disgraceful about Zakaria:

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In “State of Denial,” Bob Woodward delivers this sparkling scoop: Fareed Zakaria attended a secret gathering convened by Paul Wolfowitz in late 2001. The task at hand, according to a fellow participant, was to draft “a forceful summary of the best pro-war arguments” which became a blueprint for the Bush Administration’s PR campaign. Although he was a columnist at Newsweek and was editor of the magazine’s international edition, Zakaria didn’t attend in a journalistic capacity—in fact, he signed a nondisclosure agreement beforehand.

We are left with the astounding fact that one of the war’s crucial media proponents ... helped craft the arguments that Bush used to take the country to war. Then for 16 months leading up to the invasion, he wrote columns, edited news coverage, and appeared as an analyst on television putatively evaluating those same arguments for his vast audience.

... Zakaria today makes the unlikely claim that he didn’t understand the purpose of Wolfowitz’s intimate gathering. He says he mistook it for a “brainstorming session.” Robert Kaplan, the only other day-job journalist present, was asked by the Times if that contention was credible. “No,” he replied, “that’s not possible.”


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This is what is so sad. The media is only as balanced as it's owners want it to be, and they don't want balance! They want profits, and profits are what war is about.

I know military service people don't believe that, and they are doing their jobs in the best faith, but they are being used as tools for profit for the people who never suffer from war. So are people such as some 'journalists' as they like to call themselves.

Since there is always an audience for hatred no matter how it is dished out, they have a ready, accepting group of followers that will buy anything. That this audience is hurting itself never registers...

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I was a print reporter for several years, and tried to avoid even the hint of partiality.

I think we must remember that there is now very little competition in our media, which leads to a reduction of view points. There is a call for the new Congress to address media issues, and I would support that strongly. In the end, democracy benefits when a variety of voices can express their opinions. Indeed, I would argue that when debate is silenced, democracy suffers.

Maybe we should also examine the accuracy of these predictions. Al Franken sometimes plays a clip of Bill Kristol from 2003 saying that there was no history of Sunni-Shia antagonism in Iraq. Perhaps we should take all of Kristol's statements with similar credibility based on what has happened. (Hmm, at the risk of sounding flippant, maybe a more accurate predictor of what will happen is to take Kristol's statements and those of like minded pundits and put the word not in several key places.)


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