Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Deja Vu All Over Again


“Why has [sic] the media pushed the Obama administration’s war frame instead of playing the role of skeptic by questioning official assertions, insisting for corroboration on ‘anonymous leaks’ and seeking alternative points of view? After years of government lies — from claims of WMDs in Iraq to zero civilian casualties in drone strikes — you’d think the members of the fourth estate would have learned a lesson. But the mainstream US media plays the role of government lapdog more than watchdog.” 

—Medea Benjamin, columnist, “Why are the media playing lapdog and not watchdog – again – on war in Iraq?” The Guardian, Oct. 10, 2014 

Editorial Comment: Throw the trained seals a fish.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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