When It Comes to Iraq Leadup, Media Left Flip-flops on Press Power

Bill MoyersFor a crowd that was very insistent
that America "move on" from the issues surrounding the
impeachment of Bill Clinton, you'd think the far left would give it a
rest when it comes to the subject of the lead-up to the Iraq war. It
doesn't take much digging to conclude that whatever false
intelligence the Bushies believed, the Clintonites did as well--as
did the rest of the western world.

But the left, especially the loony
left, is like a bulldog once it gets an idea into its head. The
latest variant of this intellectual virus is that not only did
President Bush "lie us into Iraq," the American press
enabled, both willingly and unwillingly, his "lies." The
argument is nonsensical, especially the part about how hard-core
liberals like Pinch Sulzberger (and his newspaper which hasn't
endorsed a Republican since Eisenhower) would actually advocate for a
war launched by a Republican.

Aside from its factual erroneousness,
however, there is another big problem with this argument being made
by the media left: it flatly contradicts what they say about the
press when it comes to the media's gross lack of ideological

Normally, the media left insists that
the press's role in politics is minimal. The press isn't dominated by
liberals and even if it were skewed to the left, why aren't we in a
one-party state? The fact that Democrats don't have complete control
of the government is proof the media, even if they are liberal, are
powerless to force their viewpoint onto the American people. The
press, in other words, does not influence the national debate.

When it comes to Iraq, however, the
media left completely changes its tune. Now, liberals like Bill
tell us that had it not been for a "lapdog" press, President
Bush would never have been able to foist his lies and deceit upon the
American public. What to take away from all this? Apparently, the
press is powerless in the national debate, but it also can stop
Republican "lies."

This is classic having your cake and
eating it too. In order to be consistent, you need to either believe
both statements or disbelieve both. Moyers and his associates need to
come clean and admit that if the press could have kept us out of
Iraq, it certainly can help elect people who agree with its dominant
philosophy. To do otherwise is ridiculous and hypocritical.

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