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Some news organizations including The New York Times are currently engaged in self-criticism over the run-up to the Iraq war They are asking as they should why poorly documented claims of a dire threat received prominent uncritical coverage while contrary evidence was either ignored or played down But its not just Iraq and its not just The Times Many journalists seem to be having regrets about the broader context in which Iraq coverage was embedded a climate in which the press wasnt willing to report negative information about George Bush People who get their news by skimming the front page or by watching TV must be feeling confused by the sudden change in Mr Bushs character For more than two years after 911 he was a straight shooter all moral clarity and righteousness But now those people hear about a president who wont tell a straight story about why he took us to war in Iraq or how that war is going who cant admit to and learn from mistakes and who wont hold himself or anyone else accountable What happened The answer of course is that the straight shooter never existed He was a fictitious character that the press for various reasons presented as reality The truth is that the character flaws that currently have even conservative pundits fuming have been visible all along Mr Bushs problems with the truth have long been apparent to anyone willing to check his budget arithmetic His inability to admit mistakes has also been obvious for a long time I first wrote about Mr Bushs infallibility complex more than two years ago and I wasnt being original So why did the press credit Mr Bush with virtues that reporters knew he didnt possess One answer is misplaced patriotism After 911 much of the press seemed to reach a collective decision that it was necessary in the interests of national unity to suppress
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