Former Channel 2 anchor Leslie Griffith writes in the Bay Guardian:
- On the very day it was leaked that Scott McClellan’s book reveals the country went to war based on known lies, the sweetest, shiniest, dimple-faced, airbrushed Bay Area Murdoch girl began a broadcast by announcing: “Another American has given his life for his country today.”
I was once that girl. Today I know that soldier was one of thousands who bravely believed in what the president said — and died believing a lie the press helped promote.
What if this anchorwoman — and hundreds of others like her, all of whom I imagine to be nice people — read instead: “Another American has died in Iraq today. He was a beloved brother and child, and he was number 4,084.”
Then perhaps follow that with the number of wounded Iraqi veterans: 30,329.
In an attempt at truly unbiased journalism, they could end with the number of Iraqis who have lost their lives: 1,217,892.