Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell writes the Media Fix blog for The Nation. Mitchell is the former editor of Editor & Publisher magazine and author of nine nonfiction books. His current book, published in February 2011, is The Age of Wikileaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate. Previous books are Why Obama Won, published in January 2009, and So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President -- Failed on Iraq, which came out in March 2008. His new book and e-book is Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made.  His Twitter feed is @MediaFixBlog.

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Friday, June 05, 2009
'NYT' Finally Corrects Botched Front-Pager on Gitmo Prisoners 'Returning to Jihad'
It was all-too-familiar for those who recall the run-up to the Iraq war when scary front-page New York Times stories would be cited by Dick Cheney as proof that we needed to oust Saddam Hussein ASAP.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The (Unsurprising) Psychic Toll of the War in Iraq
By this point, we should not be surprised to realize that the media, after a brief flurry of coverage, quickly dropped the story of John Russell, the Army sergeant being treated for mental issues, who gunned down five colleagues at a stress clinic in Baghdad earlier this month. That's why I was startled to see that Bob Herbert highlighted this episode in his New York Times column today, under the title, "War's Psychic Toll." It was the first mention I'd seen in quite a few days.
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Friday, May 01, 2009
A 6th Anniversary Look Back at Media Coverage of 'Mission Accomplished'
On May 1, 2003, Richard Perle advised, in a USA Today Op-Ed, "Relax, Celebrate Victory." The same day, exactly six years ago, President Bush, dressed in a flight suit, landed on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and declared an end to major military operations in Iraq -- with the now-infamous "Mission Accomplished" banner arrayed behind him in the war's greatest photo op. Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a "hero" and boomed, "He won the war. He was an effective commander.
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
For the Press, No Iraq Introspection
In the thousands of articles and television reports marking the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, nearly every important aspect of the war was probed. Fingers were pointed at the usual suspects-Rumsfeld, Bremer, and Cheney; stubborn Republicans and weak-willed Democrats, among many others-but conspicuously absent from the media coverage was any soul-searching on behalf of the press, as if there had been no major media slips or tragic omissions over the past five years. With months to plan for the commemoration, the media were ready to take stock of everything-but themselves.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Unsung Heroes and Alternate Voices: Some of the Best of Five Years of Iraq War Coverage
In the five years since the tragic U.S. intervention in Iraq began, many journalists for mainstream news outlets have certainly contributed tough and honest reporting. Too often, however, their efforts have either fallen short or been negated by a cascade of pro-war views expressed by pundits, analysts, and editorial writers at their own newspapers or broadcast/cable networks.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The Iraq Follies: 18 things you've already forgotten about the media's flawed coverage
In putting together my new book, So Wrong for So Long , on Iraq and the media, I revisited the good, the bad, and the ugly in war coverage from the run-up to the invasion through the five years of controversy that followed. Even though I monitored the coverage closely all along, I was continually surprised to come across once-prominent names, quotes, and incidents that had faded to obscurity.
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Sunday, February 24, 2008
Five Years Ago 'Embeds' Got Ready for War Duty in Iraq: How Did That Work Out?
In the autumn of 2002, the drumbeat began for a U.S. attack on Iraq. Our "coverage of the coverage" of the war has earned several prestigious national awards, but one of our most significant efforts came near the very beginning. It was a special issue, dated Jan. 27, 2003 - E&P was still a weekly then - and it carried a color photo of the president in an Army jacket.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote 'NYT' Op-Ed Die in Iraq
NEW YORK -- The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago. Now two of the seven are dead. Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad, two of seven U.S. troops killed in the incident which was reported just as Gen. David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress in the "surge." The names have just been released.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Consider the Source: 'NYT' Reporter Targets Iran
As if he hadn't done enough damage already, helping to promote the American invasion of Iraq with deeply flawed articles in The New York Times, Michael R. Gordon is now writing scare stories that offer ammunition for the growing chorus of neo-cons calling for a U.S. strike against Iran - his most recent effort appearing just this morning.
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