From Iraq to Russian Bounties, Media's Long Habit of Siding With Intel Community and War
Added 04-21-21 02:34:03pm EST - “The now-discredited report that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill American soldiers was an October surprise ?" released in June. The story, originated in The New York Times and leaked by the intelligence community,…” - Mediaite.com
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The now-discredited report that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill American soldiers was an October surprise — released in June. The story, originated in The New York Times and leaked by the intelligence community, was more proof in the eyes of an eager media that Trump failed to safeguard Americans from Putin. After spending four years portraying Trump at best as a useful stooge and at worst a willing accomplice of the Kremlin, The Times article was fodder for Democrats and used against the 45th president ad nauseam throughout the election cycle.
From the rearview window, this looks to many people as another example of the media using anonymous sources to peddle fake news to attack Trump. While that could be considered valid, it’s more important to realize that this is another example of sources within the intelligence community using the media to promote war.
The story broke just as the Trump administration finalized plans to cut the number of troops in Afghanistan by nearly 50 percent, the lowest level since the beginning of that conflict in 2001. Trump’s plan to dial back America’s military footprint around the world was nearly universally opposed by the intelligence community, the military-industrial complex, but most importantly, the media.
While the American public, especially Republicans, view the media as left-wing, they’re more of an institution that supports consensus, including being pro-war.
Dating back to the Iraq War in 2003, mainstream news outlets created the consensus that a war in Iraq was a necessity and believed faulty intelligence almost without question. Journalists like Judith Miller from The New York Times, Larry Kudlow of CNBC, Richard Cohen and Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post, the editorial board at The Weekly Standard, Paul Gigot of The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Brett Stephens of The Jerusalem Post, and David Remnick and Jeffrey Goldberg of The New Yorker peddled constant stories about Iraq and the need to take out Saddam Hussein.
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