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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Favorite Line Cut from 'Wash Post' Piece

As you may know, the Post rejected my piece on Iraq and the 10th anniversary a few days ago, and quite a flap has ensued, but even before that I had to cut some of the article for space.  This quote from Bob Simon, the veteran CBS correspondent, from the Bill Moyers special on the media and the war, always amazed me:
Bob Simon, who had strong doubts about evidence for war, was asked by Moyers if he pushed any of the top brass at CBS to "dig deeper," and he replied, "No, in all honesty, with a thousand mea culpas, I don't think we followed up on this." Instead he covered the marketing of the war in a "softer" way, explaining to Moyers: "I think we all felt from the beginning that to deal with a subject as explosive as this, we should keep it, in a way, almost light – if that doesn't seem ridiculous."
Moyers then repeated, "Going to war--almost light," as Simon nods.

Greg Mitchell’s new edition of So Wrong for So Long includes a preface by Bruce Springsteen, a new introduction and a lengthy afterword with updates right up to Bradley Manning’s hearing last month.  

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