Media Lens: Burying the Legal Advice for War – Part 2

5 May 2005 — Media Lens

The crucial, deceptive importance of the idea that journalists can and should report ‘objectively’ was made all too clear last week.

As discussed in Part 1 of this Media Alert, on April 28, the press published the Attorney General’s March 7, 2003 advice on the legality of war with Iraq. Peter Hennessy, a professor of political history at London University, commented: Continue reading

Uncovering the past or how I got my degree in political archeology by William Bowles

5 May 2005

U.S. Congressman John Conyers demands to know in a letter to George Bush why:

…the United States and Great Britain had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in the summer of 2002, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action. While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O’Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your Administration. However, when this story was divulged last weekend, Prime Minister Blair’s representative claimed the document contained “nothing new.”

Likewise, the full 13-page report on the Attorney General’s report on the legal justification for the invasion (consistently misnamed in the media as a war) never got published in its entirety in the media. Indeed, as the MediaLens story points out, the BBC never examined its content at all!

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