The Media Should Spotlight a Different Kind of War Expert: Those Who Voted ‘No’ on Iraq
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There she was: Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter most closely identified with the paper’s flawed reporting in the run-up to the Iraq War, chattering away on Fox News.
Karl Rove, one of the masterminds of that 2003 “shock and awe” invasion and its aftermath — now widely seen as disastrous — was called upon. And why, there was Ari Fleischer, the hawkish spokesman for President George W. Bush — and even the war’s “godfather,” Paul Wolfowitz.
All had recent star turns on Fox News. But that pro-Trump network was far from alone.
Days after President Trump ordered a drone strike that killed an Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani — thrusting the nation on a potential path to war — the major Sunday news shows were showing their traditional colors, too.
In addition to giving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo his say, the shows also managed to find time for three politicians who had voted in favor of authorizing the 2003 invasion: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and former senator Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican.
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