‘E&P’ Editor on Bill Moyers’ Show on Friday — With McClatchy’s Walcott and Landay

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By: E&P Staff

E&P Editor Greg Mitchell appears with McClatchy’s Washington editor John Walcott and its investigative reporter Jonathan Landay on “Bill Moyers Journal” on PBS stations this Friday night.

The lengthy segment probes the press reaction to Scott McClellan’s new book “What Happened,” the new Senate report on cooked intelligence in the runup to the attack on Iraq in 2003, and the possible threat of a U.S. move on Iran.

Walcott and Landay have been hailed by E&P, and others, many times for being among the most persistent, and accurate, in questioning the administration’s evidence in the runup to the war. Mitchell’s new book covers five years of war coverage, and is titled So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits — and the President — Failed on Iraq.

The Moyers show may air later in the weekend over some stations that are showing “pledge week” programming.

There’s been numerous opportunities, actually, just in the last few weeks for the media to do this self-assessment. […] You remember the fifth anniversary of the start of the war. Almost no media self-assessment at that time. Pointing fingers at everybody but themselves. There was the 4,000 deaths in Iraq. There was the fifth anniversary of “mission accomplished.” Another great opportunity for this. We had the scandal of the Pentagon media generals ? as they call them, “message magnifiers” ? we had that opportunity. Now we’ve had Scott McClellan. There’s been at least six opportunities in the last two months for the media to do this long delayed and much needed self-assessment ? self-criticism ? to the American public, and it hasn’t happened.

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