When the media becomes a sounding board for government officials to broadcast "talking points," America goes off the rails – as it did when we invaded and occupied Iraq.
Over and over we were told that Iraq had links to al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks, not to mention huge stockpiles of WMDs. Anyone who contested the conventional wisdom was considered fringe. As certainty about these claims evaporated, so did the credibility of much of American journalism.
As Bill Moyers pointed out in a recent PBS documentary, the media went along with the mythmakers who lied us into war. Government pronouncements were subjected to only perfunctory scrutiny before being repeated endlessly. To this day, great numbers of Americans believe Saddam Hussein plotted the 9/11 attacks.
While the mainstream media caved, the journals of the new, online media were skeptical, and none more so than Antiwar.com. That's why we're part of the new mainstream.
Take a look at this list of the top 10 sites for political news this election season: Antiwar.com is number 10. The old mainstream is nowhere to be found.
We have succeeded where the major media has failed – and not just because we're taking advantage of a new technology. We stood our ground when it counted, and our credibility is based on our solid record. Antiwar.com isn't just a cause – it's a resource, an unparalleled online repository of knowledge and analysis at your fingertips. And it's free.
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