FLASHBACK: 5 years ago, newspapers opposed war.


Editor and Publisher points out today that five years ago, at least 1/3 of national newspapers opposed invading Iraq:

You may be surprised to learn that, precisely five years ago, at least one-third of the top newspapers in this country came out against President Bush taking us to war at that time. Many of the papers may have fumbled the WMD coverage, and only timidly raised questions about the need for war, but when push came to shove five years ago they wanted to wait longer to move against Saddam, or not move at all.

While some papers such as the Wall Street Journal thought invasion was the only acceptable course of action, Editor and Publisher notes that the “majority of papers…remained deeply troubled by the position the U.S. found itself in.”