GRITtv: Torturer in Chief? Why Are the Media Picking Pelosi Over Cheney?
We all know that in the run up to the war in Iraq the media ran with the Bush administration’s claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Now the question of torture, and specifically the possible use of torture to establish a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq, has been drowned out by the Washington drama of what Nancy Pelosi knew and when. In fact, none of the country’s five major newspapers has reported on an item that appeared in the Daily Beast on May 13—that Vice President Dick Cheney's office "suggested waterboarding an Iraqi prisoner, a former intelligence official for Saddam Hussein, who was suspected to have knowledge of a Saddam-al Qaeda connection." Leave that to the blogs.
Well, today, we have the best in the business when it comes to deconstructing the mainstream media. Its lapses, omissions, and outright distortions. Eric Boehlert of Media Matters and the author of Bloggers on the Bus, Mike Lux author of The Progressive Revolution and founder of Open Left, and Katharine Zaleski Senior News editor at the Huffington Post on the media coverage of the past week, the blogosphere, and the future of progressive media.