Thursday, December 22, 2011

How Could the Press Have Not Asked More Questions?

Latest numbers from the Washington Post are that multiple blasts killed 63 and injured another 185.   The violence in Baghdad is truly alarming, but it is NOT surprising.

In my first trip to Syria what struck me most was the incredibile divisions between various Muslim sects, something you see in several countries in the Middle East.  The New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN and even the remnants of NBC, ABC and CBS all had correspondents and editors with significant foreign experience.  How could they have not been pushing the Bush Administration to answer questions on how it planned to handle the country AFTER deposing the dictator?

Nobody disagrees ruthless dictators are bad.   So are investment banks when there's no regulation to curtail their greed.  But when it comes to national policy, it's up to the press to ask the questions that need to be asked.   One primary reason we have such a mess in Iraq is because the press didn't do that.

It's not too late for news organizations to do a thorough post analysis.    Just because bankers aren't held accountable for anything doesn't mean the rest of the professional world should operate that way.

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