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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

BBC Fallout

The head of the BBC has resigned over the bad publicity stemming fom an erroneous report about the British government's use of intelligence on Iraqi weapons.

I'm sure there will be plenty of piling on from the right about this, and indeed the BBC was wrong to go public with a false report that questioned the intergrity of the government. At the same time, though, I hope that all the right-wing hollering about the "Baathist Broadcast Corporation" won't succeed in cowing the press into retreating toward a non-questioning stance with regard to the decision to go to war. The fact remains that the governments of both the US and UK built a case for war based on the existence of a threat to our security, and that threat has turned out to be far less significant than imagined, given Iraq's lack of ties to Al Qaeda or WMDs. I hope the media continue holding Blair and Bush accountable for these decisions, just without airing unverified claims.

MORE: Tom Tomorrow is on a similar wavelength.