McClatchy's Jonathan Landay tells Michael Calderone that Twitter may have worked as an equalizer as the media trotted out the Bush administration's casus belli.
“What would have happened if there had been the kind of reporting by everybody else we had been doing?” Landay asked. “Would it have been so easy to have taken this country to war and see so many people lose their lives and so much blood and treasure expended -– for what?”Landay, whose employer was at the time named Knight Ridder, provided some of the only skeptical mainstream reporting before the war, along with Warren Strobel. He tells Calderone that national security is the "toughest beat in town":
"You still have that same game of access going on, where you’re given information and you write it down as your told because you want to be able to maintain access and not take the time to check it out.”(more...)