Noble exceptions

All mainstream journalists swallowed pre-war lies over Iraq and WMD? All reporters more than happy to provide cover for government “insiders” and official “leaks?” Journalists keen to see themselves as fighters of truth and democracy?

Nearly. There were some notable exceptions, however, and they should be saluted.

The media has taken a justified hit both before and during the Iraq war. Many forgot that their role was to question and challenge, not merely filter official spin. Many have still forgotten. Many will never remember.

For some, the job is more than regurgitating dishonest “intelligence” and saluting in front of establishment power.

Of course, many can’t imagine life without it.

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