I am pleased to see the major media in the U.S. vigorously investigating and debating the provenance of the CBS documents alleging that President Bush did not deserve an honorable discharge from the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam era. Just look at the firestorm! Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other major paper and media outlet (not to mention the talk shows!) are aflame with the arguments, pro and con, regarding the authenticity of these documents.
Just imagine if the press had exercised this kind of diligent fervor when Bush and Cheney were hawking the connection between Saddam and 9/11, or when Condoleeza Rice was warning us of “mushroom clouds” in “forty five minutes,” or even when Colin Powell was presenting his slide show of “mobile, biological weapons labs” to the UN? Would we still be tuning into our nightly news for the latest body count from Iraq?
What does this current document flap represent for the media – a make-up test?