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Assignment Iowa

Press Responsibility (#109)

On our next 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? At 8 pm, Wednesday, April 25, Bill Moyers’ Journal, “ Buying the War,” reports on how the media were complicit in shaping the "public mind" toward the war, and asks what's happened to the press' role as skeptical "watchdog" over government power. The 9:30 p.m Assignment Iowa discussion continues the Moyers program theme by examining the responsibility of local journalists to question and examine what they report.
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Series Description: Assignment Iowa examines the issues and events that shape what it means to be an Iowan. Hosted by Iowa Public Radio's Todd Mundt, the series explores a wide range of timely topics and the ways they affect Iowa and Iowans.

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