En hoe ‘onafhankelijk’ zijn onze Nederlandse media? Moet het weer zeven jaar duren (Srebrenica), voordat wordt onderzocht hoe die zich opstelden bij de aanloop van de catastrofaal-contraproductieve invasie van Irak, de heilloze Global War on Terror en (de verlenging van) onze uitzichtloze militaire missie in Afghanistan?
When the president and his team set out to prepare the media ground for war, they can rely on a repetition compulsion that’s widespread in the American press. Major outlets seem unable to resist White House agenda-setting for war. Cases in point span decades, from Vietnam and the Dominican Republic to Grenada and Panama, to Iraq and Yugoslavia, to Afghanistan and Iraq again – with Iran likely to join the list next year.
Along the way, beginning with the 1991 Gulf war, the better performances of the British press compared to the American media – high jumps over low standards – have not prevented the British government from requiting the worst aspects of the special relationship by supplying troops and weaponry for US-initiated war efforts based on deception.
The political feasibility of waging these tragic wars can be largely traced to the US media’s reflexive capitulations to the administration in Washington – providing stenographic services far more often than tough scrutiny….
The belated and fuzzy outlines of the US media’s second thoughts are apt to appear long after the realtime coverage has aided and abetted Washington’s war planners. So, today, with few murmurs of concern from the powerhouse US media, the quality of reporting on the Iranian "threat" is scarcely more of a departure from the official White House line than what we were getting five years ago in countless stories about the menace of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…