Woodward, 'Dumb Blonde' of American journalism

News & Politics

While the administration was busy stoking a PR machine pushing an unnecessary war on a pack of lies, Bob Woodward had "unparalleled access" to the administration's major players as he wrote two books, Plan of Attack and Bush at War.

Arianna Huffington asks:

"So how come Woodward, supposedly the preeminent investigative reporter of our time, missed the biggest story of our time -- a story that was taking place right under his nose?"
Nope, it's not a rhetorical question:
"Some would say it's because he's carrying water for the Bushies. I disagree. I think it's because he's the dumb blonde of American journalism, so awed by his proximity to power that he buys whatever he's being sold."
Arianna demonstrates that Woodward's failure to connect dots or veer outside the point of view put forward by the administration is nearly comical in its ignorance of the greater truths available in the public record.

For example, "Woodward paints [the president] as a scrupulous, meticulous, and honest leader who 'told Tenet several times, Make sure no one stretches to make our case.'"

Except, by the time the scene occurs where Bush supposedly made this fine, presidential statement, it was December of 2002 and the public record was full of stretches that "would put Mr. Fantastic to shame." There's more and you should read it [HERE]. (HuffPost)

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