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The Role of the Press (Full Program)

posted on May 21, 2007

In this edition of Assignment Iowa, a panel of Iowa journalists and media watchers discusses the responsibility of the press in times of national crisis. In the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, the government's claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to Saddam Hussein went mostly unchallenged by the media. Four years after "shock and awe," how the government sold the war has been much examined, but a big question remains: how and why did the press buy it?


  • Amy Johnson Boyle, former broadcast news anchor, Cedar Rapids


  • Gilbert Cranberg, former editorial page editor, Des Moines Register & Tribune
  • Dave Busiek, News Director, KCCI-TV8
  • Mark Bowden, Editor, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids

Tags: campaign 2008 Iowa Iraq war journalism politics press