The Political Press Needs Its Own Yom Kippur

From Ed at Gin and Tacos, this is brilliant (boldface mine):

Last week was the tenth anniversary of Colin Powell’s speech to the UN Security Council about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction on February 5, 2003….

I propose that every year, February 5 should serve as the Yom Kippur of American journalism – a total TV news blackout for 24 hours while the editors, producers, on-air talent, fact checkers, and other assorted minions devote themselves to confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness. Newspapers will run the headline, “We failed and it cost 100,000 lives” and no content except detailed descriptions of every pre-war claim that turned out to be false or fabricated but was reported anyway without any corroboration beyond “anonymous government sources.” The next day the news industry will return to being the same cacophony of nonsense that it was in 2003 and remains today. But for one day, everyone will be forced to confront the truth, to spend the day in radio silence thinking about their actions and the consequences. Maybe – just maybe – a few more Americans in the media and among the general public will pause and ask a critical question or two the next time a war-hungry administration and their fawning fans in the news industry start cheerleading the nation into another trillion dollar, decade-long war that costs tens of thousands of lives.

I would settle for the purveyors of this propaganda, the ones who referred to us as a “fifth column” being consigned to oblivion, maybe even losing their jobs. But that won’t happen either.

Related: The first comment is very good too.

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1 Response to The Political Press Needs Its Own Yom Kippur

  1. Jim Sweeney says:

    This is too fucking obvious to gain any traction. Even other members of my godless liberal family don’t seem to understand why I will never take Thomas L. Friedman, the Moustache of Understanding, seriously ever again. I still lament the brain cells I lost trying to understand why so many learned explainers were so obviously wrong about something important, until I was forced to realized that they hadn’t actually thought about it at all, that they simply looked at what everyone else in their cohort was doing and took their place in their ranks.

    Contrast Krugman, who actually says what he thinks, because he can. Tenured, Nobel Prize, lovely wife.

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