Investigative journalist Charles Lewis, author of 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity tells Bill Moyer:
An outrageous thing happened. We lost $2 trillion. More than 100,000 people died. Folks are going to be maimed for life in the tens of thousands… And no one has ever acknowledged that this [Iraq] was a war on a lark. It was a complete war of choice, because a certain little faction wanted to do it and they orchestrated it… Did they make statements that weren’t true? The answer is yes…
A complicit partner, he says, is a media “intent on preserving the status quo …and never offending the ruling elite”.
Washington Post’s Walter Pincus:
More and more the media become, I think, common carriers of administration statements and critics of the administration….We’ve sort of given up being independent on our own.