Stirring piece at The Email Activist summarizing the story thus far re: absence of WMDs in Iraq, and the total public apathy about it. We bombed the hell out of a country and were wrong about the reasons why we did it. And no one seems to care. This is serious stuff, but you’d think from watching the news that Lacie Petersen was more important/interesting than 3,000 dead innocent Iraqis.
The piece goes on to connect our collective apathy to right-wing media control. A recent CNN piece on the absence of WMDs stepped through a long list of reasons why we haven’t found a smoking gun, but did not even mention the possiblity that there were no WMDS to begin with. Feed the public a steady diet of subtle manipulation and this is what you get:
A recent CNN-USA Today poll revealed that nearly 80% of Americans believe that the war was justified even in the absence of WMDs.
Sums up with an interesting example/argument showing why claims that the media is left-manipulated are false:
The Radical Right has been railing for over a decade against the biases of the “liberal media.” But if they truly believed their own claims, then shouldn’t they be protesting with us against the loosening of media ownership regulations? Shouldn’t they be shaking in their jackboots at the prospect of a monopolized liberal media? Ah…but on this subject all is silent from the bad boys of talk radio and trash TV. They seem to know the truth about who pays them and why.