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Iraq war: ‘The media ended up being lapdogs, not watchdogs’


By: First

Twenty years after the start of the war in Iraq, we look at how the American and British media helped sell the war to the public.

In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq 20 years ago, the administration of US President George W. Bush and his deputies gained momentum, pushing the narrative that Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein posed an immediate and significant threat to the USA. and the world.

Most media outlets in the US and UK uncritically repeated dubious claims about weapons of mass destruction and possible links to al-Qaeda, claims that were thoroughly debunked in the months and years that followed.

So how complicit was the media in selling the Iraq War to the public in the US and UK? And has the press learned lessons from previous failures?

In a First Special, Marc Lamont Hill is joined by publisher and editor-in-chief of The Nation magazine, Katrina Vanden Heuvel; founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Norman Solomon; and former Daily Telegraph chief political commentator Peter Oborne.

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Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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