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Columnist Discusses McClellan Book -- and Whether the Media Learned a Lesson

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Columnist Discusses McClellan Book -- and Whether the Media Learned a Lesson

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Bob Koehler wonders if the media -- exposed in former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book as too easy on the Bush administration as it prepared to invade Iraq -- will do better from now on.

In his Tribune Media Services column released today, Koehler began by saying wryly of McClellan: "Funny how we can't seem to hear the truth until it's uttered by a professional liar."

Koehler continued: "So, OK, we have the word of an insider that Bush was a delusional egomaniac, the war was a sham from the get-go, and the media fawned and gushed and enabled when they should have ... what? 'Asked tough questions' is hardly adequate as a description for what they should have done.

"They should (at the very least) have listened to the war's opponents, and respectfully and in exhaustive detail presented their case against the war -- correct, it turns out, on every point -- to the American public before it began. They should have exercised skepticism in their pre-war coverage, yes, but even more importantly, intelligence and courage. …

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