Getler steps into the “News War”

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PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler sifts through responses to Frontline‘s “News War”–from viewers and media critics–and provides a forum for producers to respond. He also offers his own critique of the series: as long as Frontline examined how other news organizations failed to challenge the Bush Administration’s case for invading Iraq, Getler writes, producers should have been “a little more upfront” in examining their own record in the Nov. 2001 Frontline documentary, “Gunning for Saddam.” While prescient in some respects, “this program presented the equivalent of the Full Monty in making the hardliners’ case for war.”