A message from AntiWar.com.
Washington’s reporters and pundits make no secret of their enthusiasm for our new president. Obama even joked about it the other day at the journalists’ traditional roast, averring, “All of you voted for me.” You bet they did, and even though everybody thought this was hilarious, the implications for coverage of American foreign policy in the mainstream news media are ominous.
As President Obama escalates the war in Afghanistan and dives into the quagmire of Pakistan, will these openly pro-Obama journalists give him a free ride? Will they report critically on Obama’s war – when they failed to do so for most of the Bush era?
Don’t bet on it.
That’s why preserving Antiwar.com as an alternative to our compliant media is just as important as it was during the Bush years, if not more so. If the media heavyweights didn’t challenge the unlamented Bush administration prior to the invasion of Iraq, then they certainly won’t challenge their beloved Obama on much of anything.
That’s our job: challenging the assumptions everyone else takes for granted, with an ingrained skepticism toward official pronouncements. We apply our standards equally and indiscriminately, to all governments everywhere – and we aren’t in the tank for anybody.
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