Tim Russert built on what has become an increasingly pointed line of questions being asked in connection with the WMD issue and the decision to go to war. But on some level, does the media now find themselves in the same boat as the administration’s most strident after-the-fact opponents? Didn’t we need these tough, probing questions to be asked before we went to war? Does campaign season and the sniff of scandal or failure raise the vigor of the press to a greater degree than do issues of immediate (or maybe imminent?) and historic importance? If we find ourselves again on the road to war, maybe we need to peel a few of the best and brightest off the Mark Peterson and Michael Jackson stories.
. . . Sunday February 8, 2004