Woodward: Media Should Have Been ‘More Aggressive’ Before Iraq War

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By: E&P Staff

Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday that journalists in the U.S. should have been more aggressive in their reporting during the buildup to the Iraq War, according to the Agence France Presse wire service.

Speaking at a conference in Tokyo, the journalist who broke the Watergate scandal reportedly said that the media should have done more to verify claims that Iraqi leader Saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

“I’ve thought what I could have done,” Wwodward is quoted as saying. “The only way to find out if (weapons of mass destruction) really existed is to get on the ground.”

AFP reports that Woodward said that investigative journalism — like that which would be needed to look into the WMD claims — is more difficult as a result of the constant deadlines in modern media.

“It’s a crazy media environment. We need to slow it down. We need weeks, months or even years to work on stories,” Woodward is quoted as saying.

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