If you know me, you know I tend to keep my politics close to the vest (usually for fear of being carted off by the CIA and sent to Gitmo). But one thing that I want to bring up that it seems people have had a major case of amnesia about is the gulf wars.
Yes, we all know that the media was asleep at the wheel for the second gulf war; swallowing down any story that President Bush II was feeding them including the big lie about weapons of mass destruction. But, let's not forget that this same thing happened around the time of the first gulf war. One great example of this is the story of Nayirah al-Sabah. This is the girl who went in front of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in October 1990 to testify about Iraqui soldiers taking babies out of incubators to let them die "on the cold floor" in hospitals.
This was the big lie that got Americans incensed. Later it was revealed that Nayirah al-Sabah wasn't some poor girl who witnessed atrocities. Instead, she's the daughter of Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti ambassador to the USA, and mouthpiece of public relations firm Hill & Knowlton. They were in the employ of Citizens for a Free Kuwait and had arranged the testimony.
Please just remember this when we talk about what a horrible job the media did around the weapons of mass destruction lie. They were just as bad about the incubators lie and didn't use this information to filter the disinformation. "Fool me once... won't get fooled again."