Extra! Update October 2002

    What a Difference Four Years Makes

    "The U.N. orders its weapons inspectors to leave Iraq after the chief inspector reports Baghdad is not fully cooperating with them." -- Sheila MacVicar, ABC World News This Morning, 12/16/98 "To bolster its claim, Iraq let reporters see one laboratory U.N. inspectors once visited before they were kicked out four years ago." --John McWethy, ABC World News Tonight, 8/12/02   "The Iraq story boiled over last night when the chief U.N. weapons inspector, Richard Butler, said that Iraq had not fully cooperated with inspectors and--as they had promised to do. As a result, the U.N. ordered its inspectors to leave ...


    When Conservatives Smear, Pundits Duck

    A smear campaign against the National Education Association reveals the state of modern-day agit-prop, in which conservative groups feel free to spread ugly slanders, and an increasingly indolent mainstream press corps barely raise a finger to challenge ugly attacks. The smear began on August 19, with a front-page article in the Washington Times by that paper’s Ellen Sorokin. According to Sorokin, the NEA would soon post a website containing lesson plans about September 11 that would advise teachers to “take a decidedly blame-America approach;” she singled out a quote advising teachers to avoid “suggesting that any group was responsible” for ...