After stumbling around for a while, the mainstream press has finally found an organizing principle: if an event/person advancesÂ antiwar coverage, let’s push it hard.Â Almost everything in the media is nowÂ judged according to itsÂ relationship to the war, including the merits of journalists. Had Judith Miller provided some fine antiwar articles before her imbroglio, she would still be atÂ theÂ New York Times.Â Had Bob Woodward smoked out someÂ war-related scandal before this week’sÂ controversy, his colleagues would be celebrating not condemning hisÂ cavalier and sloppy habits.Â Who was and who was notÂ on the right side of the antiwar line? That’s what determines coverage.Â Â
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