Relevant to the article by the NY Times reporter linked below (wherein the reporter asks, "Will the big media outlets demand the same accountability of themselves that they demand of everyone else?") is this comment from Jack Kelly:
Those who get their news from the "mainstream" media are surprised by developments in Iraq, as they were surprised by our swift victory in Afghanistan, the sudden fall of Saddam Hussein, the success of the Afghan election and the success of the Iraqi election.
Journalists demand accountability from political leaders for "quagmires" which exist chiefly in the imagination of journalists. But when will journalists be held to account for getting every major development in the war on terror wrong?
Thus, we see the identical comment from two serious reporters on roughly the same day. A trend, perhaps? Hard to tell.
One thing that's clear is that the vaunted members of the MSM will NEVER engage in any sort of accounting for their errors in covering the WoT. The reason, I suspect, is that they know that once the accounting starts it will become a circular firing squad.
The MSM manages to send their egregiously biased errors down the memory hole by constantly shifting the goalposts. Thus, as Iraq stabilizes it will quickly be forgotten, just like Afghanistan. We can expect to see a CNN Special in ten years or so, entitled "Terror War," or some such, where the factual developments will be recounted in the dispassionate manner of hindsight. The Bush Administration's mistakes will be duly recounted, and grudging acknowledgment will be given to the strategic victory of the January 30 elections.
But the MSM's distortions, and even their attempt to throw a Presidential election as an expression of opposition to the war, will be forgotten.
(Via Captain Ed)