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The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

10 years ago, “Shock and Awe” kicked off the Iraq War. It was a made-for-TV war, with explosions rocking the skies above Baghdad, and correspondents reporting live on cable news from their hotel balconies.

TV news not only covered the war, but promoted it as well, regularly featuring guests who beat the war drum, and ignoring those that had opposing views. Sometimes, as The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson notes, it was a vicious circle:

Perhaps the most notorious example of the Washington-media nexus over Iraq came when Dick Cheney appeared on “Meet the Press” in September of 2002. He cited the lead story in that morning’s Times as he talked to Tim Russert (“I want to attribute it to the Times,” he memorably said). The story, by Miller and her colleague Michael Gordon, said that Hussein was busy using aluminum tubes to help build nuclear weapons. The Bush administration had leaked that story to Miller. The circle was complete.

The war has not been forgotten. With the President making his first mideast trip of his second term, cable news is finding time to look back at Iraq. Throughout the week a number of segments about the war are on tap at the “big three” cable news channels, nestled in between the other day’s coverage.

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Obama: ‘Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7,’ Bret Baier: No Way!

A new book written by Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn alleges that President Obama blamed Fox News for some of his early troubles during a meeting with labor leaders. Corn writes:

Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old,”

Fox News anchor Bret Baier took issue with that quote, and responded on his program, saying “For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim”:


Now, there was a weasel-word in Baier’s statement in the form of “host.” Many guests on Fox News, such as Donald Trump, have insinuated that President Obama is not a Christian, or implied that he a is a Muslim. That said, some FNC hosts, such as Shepard Smith or Chris Wallace, have pushed back against the myth, sometimes strongly.

Rachel Maddow Critiques, Lunches with President Obama

Maddow061710.bmp MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was critical of President Obama’s address Tuesday regarding the Gulf oil spill. So on Wednesday, Maddow had an Oval Office backdrop placed behind her desk, and delivered her own version of the address, touching upon points she wishes the president would have made.

Even if President Obama wasn’t watching last night, Maddow may have had another chance to get her point across today. Mother Jones‘ Washington editor David Corn tweeted earlier that the President had lunch with a number of media types… including one Rachel Maddow.

Maddow’s faux-presidential address is after the jump.

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The Ticker: Schieffer, Frei, Wilson…

> Bob Schieffer‘s younger brother has officially kicked off his run for governor of Texas. Tom Schieffer, a Democrat and a former ambassador to Australia and Japan during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced his candidacy in Fort Worth this morning.

> Tonight, BBC World News America begins three days of “extensive coverage looking at the issues facing Pakistan and Afghanistan”, according to a press release. For two of those days — today and tomorrow — the show will be co-anchored by Matt Frei live from Pakistan and Katty Kay in Washington.

> The Radio-Television News Directors Association has announced its 2009 RTNDA/UNITY Awards winners. Among the four news organizations honored: MSNBC, for “Meeting David Wilson“. The documentary tells the story of the meeting of two men: one a descendant of the family that owned the ancestors of the other as slaves in the antebellum South.