A muzzled media

Manipulated into war
The chief international correspondent of CNN, Christiane Amanpour, was asked her opinion of the U.S. media’s coverage of the Iraq war. She responded: “I think the press was muzzled and I think the press self-muzzled. Television . . . was intimidated by the [Bush] administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News.” For her honesty, Amanpour was immediately branded by one of those Fox foot soldiers as a “spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.”

Columnist Eric Margolis, writing in the Toronto Sun, reports that he has experienced similar attacks for criticizing the war reporting. “I felt for Amanpour, having myself been slandered by the U.S. neoconservative media as a ‘friend of Saddam’ for disputing White House claims about Iraq.” Margolis charges that “reporters who failed to toe the line were barred or had their access to military and government officials limited, virtually ending some careers.”


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