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March 31, 2003

How about you both botched it?

Romenesko pointed out this Tribune piece on how the media and the government are blaming eachother for making us expect an "easy" war.

Invasion honeymoon is over; news media get contentious

On the question of a quick war, media critic Marvin Kalb, a senior fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, said, "The media did not make up the expectation that they expected this to be a brief, essentially bloodless war. They got that from officials, from the vice president and the Joint Chiefs chairman."

In other words: "We just did our job as journalists, which is to repeat whatever the government tells us. What? Why are you looking at me like that?"

Posted by jsmooth995 at March 31, 2003 3:00 PM

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