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Mediamatters.org tells us to which extent the American so-called mainstream media has mentioned the CBS 60 minutes story I reported below –

On CBS‘ 60 Minutes, former high-ranking CIA official Tyler Drumheller proved that the Bush administration dismissed clear-cut evidence undermining President Bush’s central case for war — that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. …

The 60 Minutes report is the latest in a string of explosive disclosures concerning the Bush administration’s apparent cherry-picking of prewar intelligence. But as with previous damaging disclosures regarding the White House’s actions in the buildup to the war, major news outlets largely ignored it.

Media Matters for America examined cable and network news coverage on April 24 (from 6 a.m. ET to midnight) and April 25 (from 6 a.m. to midnight) and also looked at newspaper and wire coverage for mentions of the 60 Minutes report. Following are the results of this survey:

  • None of the three major networks reported on the story on either their morning shows or evening news broadcasts. (Remarkably, this included CBS, the network that originally aired Drumheller’s disclosure.)
  • While CNN.com ran an April 23 article on the 60 Minutes interview, CNN and Fox News have yet to mention the story on the air. The April 24 edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann included MSNBC’s only report on the story. Drumheller, however, is scheduled to appear on the April 25 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.
  • The New York Times published an April 22 article on the Drumheller interview, based on partial transcripts released by CBS. But no major newspaper — on either April 23, 24, or 25 — printed an additional article on the story.
  • Both the Associated Press and United Press International published brief April 23 articles on Drumheller’s revelations before his 60 Minutes interview aired on CBS. UPI ran a subsequent article on April 24. These represent the only wire reports on Drumheller’s disclosure.

If the news organisations actually did their job, their existence would not be endangered by the googles, myspaces, dailykoses and redstates of this world.

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