“If I were a producer, I would say, ‘Hey, let’s get some of those who were speaking out against the rush to war.’ ”
But, as Legum told me Tuesday, in something of an understatement, “that doesn’t seem to be the orientation of the coverage.”
This raises deeper questions.
The media often touts the need for self-examination — and issues the occasional mea culpa — but how much have journalists really learned over the past 17 years?
How much true change has there been since the Times, The Washington Post and many other news organizations put their weight behind the Iraq War — either indirectly through anonymously sourced reporting about weapons of mass destruction that turned out to be misleading, or directly through their editorial stances?