"Read this book. Twice." -- BILL MOYERS“Worthy of shelving alongside the best of the Iraq books.”-- KIRKUS REVIEWSWith a new Introduction and lengthy Afterword, updated to March 26, 2013. Preface by Bruce Springsteen.In early 2003, Greg Mitchell was one of the few mainstream journalists to seriously question the stated reasons for invading Iraq. In the years since, he has"Read this book. Twice." -- BILL MOYERS“Worthy of shelving alongside the best of the Iraq books.”-- KIRKUS REVIEWSWith a new Introduction and lengthy Afterword, updated to March 26, 2013. Preface by Bruce Springsteen.In early 2003, Greg Mitchell was one of the few mainstream journalists to seriously question the stated reasons for invading Iraq. In the years since, he has repeatedly challenged the media to probe its conduct and misconduct in covering the war.Now, he traces the conflict -- from the "run-up" to the "surge" and beyond -- and the many media, and political failures, in this updated edition. In a new Introduction and Afterword he traces the debate and the tragedies right up to the end of March 2013 and controversies surrounding the 10th anniversary of the start of the war. The author outlines the many lessons for today, amid new concerns about the current "drone war" and the alleged Iranian nuclear.threat.Greg Mitchell served as the editor of the influential magazine Editor & Publisher from 2001 to 2009, and now writes daily for The Nation. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The Campaign of the Century," winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize. As the Iraq war spun out of control, Mitchell was repeatedly ahead of the curve in intensely scrutinizing both the president and the press--and the controversies swirling around Judith Miller, Donald Rumsfeld, Pat Tillman, Valerie Plame, Bradley Manning, and numerous other figures.His book is a unique history of the entire war. From writing early warnings that anticipated a long and bloody war, to analyzing Stephen Colbert's in-his-face mockery of George W. Bush, Greg Mitchell explores how we got into the war in Iraq--and why it took so long for us to get out. Against this backdrop, Mitchell is the rare journalist who has seen it all with clear eyes. In the new edition of "So Wrong for So Long, " he tells the whole story for the first time.“Greg Mitchell has given us a razor-sharp critique of how the media and the government connived in one of the great blunders of American foreign policy. Every aspiring journalist, every veteran, every pundit—and every citizen who cares about the difference between illusion and reality, propaganda and the truth, and looked to the press to help keep them separate—should read this book. Twice.”—BILL MOYERS“The profound failure of the American press with regard to the Iraq War may very well be the most significant political story of this generation. Greg Mitchell has established himself as one of our country's most perceptive media critics, and here he provides invaluable insight into how massive journalistic failures enabled the greatest strategic disaster in the nation's history.”—GLENN GREENWALD, author of "How Would a Patriot Act?""Excellent book!" -- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN"Greg Mitchell makes it clear that Iraq is a case study in bad judgment, from the misguided moves of an administration blinded by its zealotry to a complacent media that too often acted as an extension of the White House press office. Read it and weep; read it and get enraged; read it and make sure it doesn't happen again."—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON"Anyone who cares about the integrity of the American media should read this book. Greg Mitchell asks tough questions about the Iraq war that should have been asked long ago, in a poignant, patriotic, and thoughtful dissection of our war in Iraq. Mitchell names names and places blame on those who’ve blundered. Examining the most complex issue of our time, he connects the dots like no one else has."—PAUL RIECKHOFF, Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America...
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so wrong for so long how the press the pundits and the president failed on iraq Reviews
A collection of columns and a retrospective look at how the Iraq/Afghan war was framed in the context of post-911 and terrorism.Learned or relearned:1. Liberal media bias was a myth- A majority, as an American society, mostly bought and supported the run up to war either directly (volunteering or + spin stories) or indirectly (silence, resignation) because we wanted to both believe that Saddam has WMD and thought there were some links to 911. 1A. A cursory examination of history and knowledge of the country's governance and religious makeup (Sunni vs Shiite) would have easily led one to conclude that there was almost no way that the Taliban, Iran's theocracy and Saddam's weird non secular dictatorship would have coexisted for anything that rivialed 9/11. 2. This war has had disastrous results for all involved (victims, participants, citizens, politicians, etc) and has global implications (war on the cheap and with borrowed money). To give this administration unlimited freedoms to prosecute this fiasco will haunt at least 2-3 global generations with its results. 3. The voices of dissent were truly buried on the back or inner pages of the media and often given short shrift. We, as an American society, have ourselves to blame for the gaul, hubris, greed and unmitigated nationalism that allowed this war to proceed. The number of casualties is astounding when taken into context of what was accomplished.4. The result was we turned a marginally functioning country with little threat to either the US or, really, its neighbors that contained some degree of hope after Saddam was gone into a parking lot full of angry, disillusioned, vitriolic folks. IF you think the shoe throwing journalist is a 'dead ender of a weakening insurgency', rewind your tape to some point in 1967-69 from VietNam. That's what we've got unfolding here.
This should be a primer for journalism students.
This books show the true need for the 4th state and the tragedies that befall our country with journalism dies. A massive war was fought and supported due to miss information. Soldiers lost their lives due to lies. This isn't the first time it has happened in history, and I fear that it will not be the last, but by pressing journalist and publication companies to stand separate and in questioning conflict with government is one of the ways to avoid such loss. This book discusses the many times when journalist because talking heads for the administration and stopped being reporters. In a current climate where #fakenews is the news there is even more confusion. I believe the only way to solve it is for more reporters to get boots on the ground, talk to those involved and effected, and stop talking platitudes, but talk to real people.
I am saddened to say that I discovered the fabulous Editors & Publishers website *just* before it closed shop. It is being re-launched under the same name, but without the brilliant editor who put together this compilation of E&P essays.The essays trace a time line from 2003-2007 detailing the very LACK of a liberal bias in the nations newspapers. Not only that, but just a complete lack of willingness to get a story RIGHT no matter what sort of bias might be perceived. It's like they were all paralyzed by the groundswell of patriotism that swept the country after 9/11 (understandable to some extent), but forgot their role as reporters to not view events through such prisms. It's an easy read if you call reading about the unfolding of war easy. Especially a war launched for the wrong reasons, yet never once questioned until we were mired in it's web. But the essays are short and concise and several of them gave me chills.
A detailed witness of the Bush subversion of American media.For Boomers, the American news media were a bastion of professionalism renowned for an ability to present facts and expose deceit to voters. In the second Bush presidency, media not only failed, but became complicit in falsehood to a degree thought impossible, with a speed that seemed almost instantaneous at the time. Contrarian guardians we relied on were winkingly on the take. This book details flaws of a rogue presidency and testimony of media threatened and subverted - a media many of us will never trust again. A crucial history of our time.
3.5This is a hard book to classify, and even harder to talk about. I was 14 when the war in Iraq began, and understood very, very little about what was happening. I supported it because my parents did, because it seemed like the only reasonable course of action to take. Clearly, I was not alone. This series of articles really captures a frantic time that I lived through, and yet, was completely oblivious of. This is a hard book, but only because of the unflinching honesty within.
The book is a collection of the author's journalistic writings, and as such doesn't paint the picture of media coverage very well, it's more like "I was right the whole time, and you were wrong". It's still able to capture the cover-up/propaganda campaign that happened in the hysterical period around the Iraq war and to show how the media was complicit with the start of the war.
Why we need to think for ourselves..not jump on talking head bandwagons when we send our men and women into war.Use alternative media...do not buy into fear so easily..learn from history. It is like a greek tragedy repeating itself...read, and get informed. Press Your Government for answers.
Outstanding report on how US journalists failed to ask the tough questions about our entry into the Iraq war.
And they call it a liberal media. They sure failed then with the lead up to Iraq--- and this adds much to what we already suspected/knew.