Mass Ignorance

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On March 20th, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, based on President George W. Bush and his administration’s false claim that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and that Iraq had ties to al-Qaeda, a group who had carried out the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nine bloody years of war followed until the war officially ended on December 15th, 2011, under the direction of President Barack Obama. A total of 4,487 US soldiers, and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis died in the conflict.1
Most US media sources were irresponsible when it came to covering not just the rush to war with Iraq, but also the misguided and dangerous approach of the Bush administration to the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 atrocity.
The Iraq invasion led to a huge increase in US media coverage, and this coverage became very controversial because media outlets were accused of bias, censorship, and propaganda. Years of decreasing coverage of foreign events by US media had left Americans unprepared for the events of 9/11 and their aftermath. Half or more Americans believing that Iraq was involved in the attacks - possibly the most media-covered event in our history - is just an example of how the poor reporting and fact provision of the news impacted the nations thoughts and ideas on the events leading up to the war. 2
People did not know the basics about Iraq, the country that the United States was now preparing to invade. Major media in the US, such as Fox News and The New York Times, failed to question or even challenge the Bush administration’s claims regarding Iraq. The government’s failure to provide the American public with truthful background, along with journalists’ failure to e...

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