Yesterday, the mainstream media warmly embraced Brookings analysts Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack’s New York Times op-ed praising the escalation.
In the op-ed, O’Hanlon and Pollack call themselves “two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq.” The major cable TV networks uncritically referred to the analysts as “vocal critics” of the war, a statement that runs contrary to the analysts’ enthusiastic backing of the war since 2002.
Pollack and O’Hanlon have lept into the open arms of the mainstream media and have been given a forum to present their views largely without opposition. Together, they appeared on at least nine major mainstream media outlets in the past 24 hours.
A list of their media appearances:
|NPR||Talk of the Nation|
|Fox News||Special Report|
Of the stations mentioned above, only MSNBC’s Hardball forced the analysts to debate an opposing viewpoint. On Hardball, Center for American Progress fellow Brian Katulis called out O’Hanlon for writing a “propaganda piece” and “cherry-picking the facts on Iraq.”