Iraq warfare: ‘The media ended up being lapdogs, not watchdogs’ | media
Twenty years on from the beginning of the Iraq warfare, we take a look at how the US and UK media helped promote the warfare to the general public.
Within the run-up to the invasion of Iraq 20 years in the past, United States President George W. Bush’s administration and its surrogates went into overdrive, pushing the narrative that Iraq, and its chief Saddam Hussein, posed a right away and vital risk to the US, and the world.
Many of the media within the US and the UK uncritically repeated doubtful claims about weapons of mass destruction and attainable hyperlinks to al-Qaeda, claims that have been totally debunked within the months and years that adopted.
So how complicit was the media in promoting the Iraq warfare to the general public within the US and the UK? And has the press discovered any classes from previous failures?
In an up entrance Particular, Marc Lamont Hill is joined by writer and editorial director of The Nation journal, Katrina Vanden Heuvel; founder and government director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Norman Solomon; and former chief political commentator for the Every day Telegraph, Peter Oborne.