A reporter who's worked for MSNBC and ABC says that she and her colleagues were "under enormous pressure" from corporate executives to support Bush during the runup to the Iraq War and in the war's early days, during an interview on Anderson Cooper's "360" and conveyed by Jonathan Schwarz.
Television reporter Jessica Yellin said, When the lead-up to the war began, the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings. And my own experience at the White House was that, the higher the president’s approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives — and I was not at this network at the time — but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president.
Good old Action McNews. All bullshit, all the time. Except for the occasional mea culpa from a guilty conscience.
You've got company, Scotty.