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Blog 4: Journalists Challenging the President

In my opinion journalists definitely have a right to challenge the president or military leaders during a war.  I feel as though it is our right as citizens of the United States of America to get the right and honest information we are due.  When in a time of crisis and peril we the people need to know exactly what is going on.  This is for our safety and well-being more than anything.

In regards to the film “Buying the War”, the main stream media definitely bought into what President Bush and his administration was telling them.  They bought into the whole idea that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction and was plotting to use them against us or our allies.  Bush and his administration had been looking for a way to get back at Saddam for the past problems and 9/11 seemed to be the perfect way to get back at Iraq.

Bush thought as though, Saddam would team up with Al-Qaeda and cause harm to the world.  This theory was definitely bought by the media and in retrospect it was totally pointless and uneducated thinking.  The press bureau Knight Ridder did some investigative research and came up with some very thoughtful theories that no one in America other than a select few would buy into.  They were totally correct when they said, why would Saddam team up with Al-Qaeda?  Saddam liked having complete control of his people since he was a dictator and Al-Qaeda is a radical group that would try and get power as well.  This relationship surely wouldn’t bode well for Hussein!

Because of 9/11 people were in a panic and wanting justice for whoever caused the terrible destruction of our country.  They were vulnerable and would buy into whatever the main stream media fed to them.  The main stream media was gullible to the administrations plan of action and motives and did not do adequate research of their facts.  Therefore the citizens were let down and did not get the whole truth.  Organizations like Knight Ridder were trying to give correct information to the people but no one seemed to believe them or cared to.  In a time of need the media and journalists have the right to dig deep and investigate the whole truth and give us everything we need to know.  I feel as though in the case of 9/11 and the Iraq War, the media definitely dropped the ball and let us down!

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  1. March 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    If we as citizens have a “right” to honest and accurate information, then what should happen when we don’t get this information from the media? Should the media is some way be punished? How can we as citizens ensure we get accurate information from the media?

    Also, you mention the mainstream media a few times. Are there non-mainstream media that were better at presenting accurate information after 9/11?

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