Press Timidity Boosts U.S. ‘Brutality and Criminality’

Veteran reporter Robert Parry muses on his Consortium News website (9/27/98) that “perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect a U.S. presidential debate to deal – substantively and honestly – with wrongful actions by the American government”:

In a healthy democracy, moderator Jim Lehrer might have been expected to ask Obama and McCain whether President Bush should be shipped off to The Hague for a trial as a war criminal or whether he should be put before American courts to face serious criminal charges, such as violation of anti-torture statutes.

There might be a question, too, about hypocrisy: how can Obama and McCain so righteously condemn Russia for its alleged aggression against Georgia (after Georgia attacked the pro-Russian province of South Ossetia) when the United States has asserted its right not only to invade Iraq… but to attack Yugoslavia when it was throttling a separatist movement in Kosovo?

Arguing that corporate media “timidity has contributed to the frequency, brutality and criminality of U.S. military actions,” Parry finds it ‘hard to explain the Iraq War, for instance, without observing that Bush and his neoconservative advisers were confident they could roll both Congress and the Washington press corps.”