Remember the run-up to the Iraq invasion? It's striking how wrong the mainstream media was on almost everything – and, conversely, how right was.

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While the War Party's useful idiots – Christopher Hitchens, Bill Kristol, Peter Beinart, Andrew Sullivan, etc. – were cheering for war, was almost alone in denying that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction," predicting the rule of Shi'ite death squads, and warning that Iran would soon be in the War Party's sights.

Many journalists have attributed their unwillingness to question the case for war to pressure from the "patriotism police" and advertisers. As Walter Isaacson, former CEO at CNN, put it to Bill Moyers: "Big people in corporations were calling up and saying, 'You're being anti-American here.'"

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