Viewer reaction to “Bush’s War” is mixed

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In his PBS ombudsman column, Michael Getler features nearly 30 of the letters he received about Frontline‘s two-part Iraq war retrospective, “Bush’s War.” One Alaska viewer writes, “Thank you for running the story about Bush’s war. I serve in the U.S. Army. I will be starting my third tour in a month.” But about half the letters are critical of the program for being either one-sided or not in-depth enough. Getler’s take is that while the doc offered a “visual and audible whole that simply does not exist elsewhere,” there were holes–more time should have been devoted to assessing the “surge,” Gen. David Patraeus was noticeably absent, and the death toll isn’t mentioned, among other things. Getler posts producer Michael Kirk’s responses to his concerns. “Bush’s War” reports what is known, says Kirk, and evaluation of the efficacy of the surge is outside the scope of the doc. (See Current‘s story on Frontline‘s war coverage here.)