When the history of media reportage on this war is written, it will not be kind.
It should be obvious by now that Murdoc agrees with this sentiment, but Murdoc also wonders if the actual history will truly be so unkind to the media. After all, the media very strongly influences history.
Look at today’s history of US involvement in Vietnam. Except in what are generally regarded as extreme Right-Wing outlets, today’s history of what happened in Vietnam, and how and why it happened, doesn’t differ a whole lot from what was being reported at the time it was happening. The media came out on top in Vietnam and it appears that things may end differently this time around, but I’m skeptical that anyone will really admit that.
We have the “new media”, of course, to help get opposing views out there. But I fear that they (we?) won’t be enough.
Too many people in important positions and too many media outlets have too much personally invested in “We were wrong to invade and we made things worse once we got there” to ever go on record saying anything different.