Sunday, March 18, 2007

NBC's Dateline Punts on War Coverage

Exactly four years ago today, President Bush issued a final ultimatum for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face war.

The very next day, in a four-minute address on the evening of March 19, 2003, president Bush told Americans the war had started.

So tonight, how did Dateline NBC mark the fourth anniversary of what ultimately could be the most important and pivotal event of my lifetime? Did it do any sort of review of the past four years? Any sort of new investigation? Any thoughtful examination of those first days (er, make that years) of uncritical media coverage of the war? Any attempt at all to put in perspective 3,000-plus dead Americans and the 60,000* dead Iraqi civilians? (*Some estimates put the number of men, women and children civilian deaths as MUCH higher)

Nope, Dateline NBC decided to do a different investigation: With the help of a few clever wives, Dateline went undercover to secretly film men watching football!

Tonight, the wives are fighting back. All season women around the country let Dateline NBC place hidden cameras right in their own home. To catch their unknowing husbands on videotape. And they can't wait for America to see what they put up with on any given Sunday!

We'll test what happens when the women try to pull their husbands away from the TV to do a simple household chore!
Ahhhh, modern journalism. I'd love to hear a John Chancellor or David Brinkley commentary on THAT.

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