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The War You Don’t See


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US soldier in Tahwilla, Iraq. Credit: U.S. Army

Was mainstream media in cahoots with government forces in the lead up to the Iraq War? In his film, “The War You Don’t See,” Australian journalist John Pilger reveals evidence of American and British journalists failing to scrutinize evidence or dig for hard facts in the days before the 2003 invasion. He argues that embedded news reporters and their outlets simply towed official government lines, and that the public sees only a small portion of what’s really happening in battlefields.

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John Pilger, journalist; Dan Rather, journalist; Bryan Whitman, US assistant secretary of defense; Melvin Goodman, former CIA analyst: Rageh Omaar, BBC news reporter; Dahr Jamail, independent journalist; David Rose, former Observer journalist; Steve Rendall, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting; Fran Unsworth, BBC head of newsgathering; Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector; Ethan McCord, former US soldier.

For more information:

John Pilger’s website
“The War You Don’t See” film
Fair and Accuracy in Reporting
Iraq War Logs
Iraq Body Count
Center for American Progress’ Iraq War Ledger
Committee to Protect Journalists

Articles, Blogs, Reports and Videos:

Committee to Protect Journalists: statistical profile of deaths in Iraq
Frontline’s Coverage on Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror
Council on Foreign Relations’ Interactive Timeline of the Iraq War

Hidden Cost of War a 3-minute infographic movie illustrating a detailed break down of the price tag of the Iraq war conflict, from the current debts to the unseen costs for many years to come. The data is based on the book The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict.


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