Corporate Media Begins To Rethink Bush & 9/11
|MEDIA ANALYSIS ||May 17 2002 |
The bombshell that the Bush administration may have had some advanced knowledge of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon didn't explode until the recent release of a CBS News special report. Nevertheless, the alternative media, including the Portland Indymedia Center has been questioning the official version of the September 11th for months.
And whatever the extent of White House foreknowledge about the September attacks, the corporate media seems to be finally asking some hard questions.
[Read an eyewitness indymedia description of White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer's May 17 news conference.]
[Read a corporate media analysis of the changing press climate.]
CBS news anchor Dan Rather recently admitted, in an interview with the London Guardian, that America's news media has been suffering from "patriotism run amok."
Even New York City's tabloid press has begun to lay the heat on the Bush administration. The arch-conservative New York Daily News may have come the closest to the truth when it wrote: "this flap is a largely self-inflicted wound, prompted by what one outside presidential adviser acidly called the Bush team's 'incredible penchant for secrecy.'"
All that said, it remains to be seen how much the newly-assertive Washington press corps is willing to challenge a still-popular wartime president. Has the post-September 11th media honeymoon enjoyed by the current administration has come to a sudden, crashing halt? What do you think?
[ Dan Rather on Self-Censorship During Wartime ]