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In the months leading up to our invasion of Iraq last year, why did so few journalists avoid being conned by the Bush administratio's case for those fictitious weapons of mass destruction? Answering that question in a recent article in The New York Review of Books; Michael Massing quotes Knight-Ridder's John Walcott, one of the handful who were not gulled, as saying something that delighted me because it has been lesson number one at The Washington Monthly school of journalism for 35 years: "One question worth asking is whether we in journalism have become too reliant on high-level officials instead of cultivating less glamorous people in the bowels of the bureaucracy. So if you relied exclusively on traditional news sources --assistant secretaries and above--you would not have heard things we heard."
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Date:May 1, 2004
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