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"This Has Been One Long Orwellian Week": Michael Moore On the Corporate Media War Coverage

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Michael Moore joins Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez for a live interview.

Among other things they discuss recent media coverage of the war. Yesterday Editor & Publisher ran a column of 15 stories that the press has widely misreported or poorly reported so far:

1. Saddam may well have been killed in the first night’s surprise attack (March 20).

2. Even if he wasn’t killed, Iraqi command and control was no doubt "decapitated" (March 22).

3. Umm Qasr has been taken (March 22).

4. Most Iraqis soldiers will not fight for Saddam and instead are surrendering in droves (March 22).

5. Iraqi citizens are greeting Americans as liberators (March 22).

6. An entire division of 8,000 Iraqi soldiers surrendered en masse near Basra (March 23).

7. Several Scud missiles, banned weapons, have been launched against U.S. forces in Kuwait (March 23).

8. Saddam’s Fedayeen militia are few in number and do not pose a serious threat (March 23).

9. Basra has been taken (March 23).

10. Umm Qasr has been taken (March 23).

11. A captured chemical plant likely produced chemical weapons (March 23).

12. Nassiriya has been taken (March 23).

13. Umm Qasr has been taken (March 24).

14. The Iraqi government faces a "major rebellion" of anti-Saddam citizens in Basra (March 24).

15. A convoy of 1,000 Iraqi vehicles and Republican Guards are speeding south from Baghdad to engage U.S. troops (March 25).

  • Michael Moore, Academy Award winning director of "Bowling for Columbine."

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