By any standard, the failure of the America media in 2002-03 was the worst collapse by any press corps anywhere since the 1930s. In a profession where the highest value is on truth telling, false information was presented as fact on front pages night after night.
The new issue of Time magazine has reached California, and it features Upton Sinclair on the cover. "No politician since Williams Jennings Bryan," the article declares, "has so horrified and outraged the Vested Interests."
A mysterious fire last Friday destroys all of the voting machines in Harris County, Texas. Meanwhile, a well-funded right-wing group emerges in Houston and begins raising unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud.
By relying too heavily on government sources from one party, most pre-Iraq war coverage misstated the threat and drastically underplayed opposition to the war among experts, political elites, and the general public.