Back in the run-up to the Iraq war, when nearly all the major media organizations were dutifully presenting the Bush administration’s overstated warnings about Iraqi WMD, one news organization actually did a fair amount of good, solid journalism, and reported the real story: that the Bushies were full of shit. That organization was Knight-Ridder, a news outfit associated with a number of smaller-market newspapers.
I saw a piece a year or so ago that speculated about why it was that the Knight-Ridder reporters got the story right (in hindsight), while the more-prestigious outlets bungled it, and one of the main reasons cited was that the Knight-Ridder reporters, lacking the sexy credentials of the folks from the New York Times and CNN, tended not to get interviews with the top sources, but instead had to develop their stories the old-fashioned way: by talking to the government foot soldiers lower down in the table of organization, people who weren’t as wedded to the false-to-fact talking points, and actually talked about what was really going on.
Anyway, it looks like the Knight-Ridder people are still doing real journalism, in this case, by reading weblogs. Check out this piece, for example: Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report. It seems the Bush people, unhappy with the way that the State Department’s annual report on global terrorism reveals that Bush is losing his War on Terra, have decided to simply eliminate the report.
That’s one way to beat terror! Not a particularly effective way, but then, Bush has never demonstrated any particular effectiveness at anything (other than the promotion of a mistaken belief in his own effectiveness).
The Knight-Ridder story was developed from information presented in the Counterrerroism Blog; see Goodbye Patterns of Global Terrorism? Yay, weblogs.