Washington Post concedes 'Iraq flaws'

Several months after The New York Times said they did a poor job reporting on Iraq, editors of the Washington Post have admitted they underplayed stories questioning the Bush administration's justifications for invading Iraq.

    Stories questioning US claims about WMD were downplayed

    In a front page story published on Thursday, the influential US daily said it ignored stories and information that questioned whether President George Bush really had evidence that Iraq was pursuing an illicit weapons of mass destruction programme.

    "We did our job but we didn’t go enough, and I blame myself mightily for not pushing harder," assistant managing editor Bob Woodward says in the story.

    "We should have warned readers we had information that the basis for this was shakier than many believed," Woodward adds.

    Pentagon correspondent Thomas Ricks is quoted as saying that "there was an attitude among editors: Look, we are going to war, why do we even worry about all this contrary stuff?"

    Stories that questioned the justifications behind the war and cast a doubt whether the US was doing the right thing by invading Iraq were relegated to the inside pages

    Veteran reporter Walter Pincus put together a story questioning whether the Bush administration had proof that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction.

    But he ran into resistance from the papers' editors. His story was relegated to Page A17.


    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.