Todays top story: why does Hillary wear such bad clothes?

March 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Media | Leave a comment
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Once it materialised that there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found in Iraq, that there was no substantial link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda and that the intelligence presented to the American people to prove those things had been cherry-picked and massaged to offer only the most damning conclusions, there were understandably some questions about whether the press had performed its role as a ‘watchdog’ of the government effectively enough.

Were they too willing to accept the White House’s ominous warnings of the ‘smoking gun’ that could turn into a ‘mushroom cloud’? Are they too willing to pander to sensationalism instead of allowing major issues to be addressed with nuance and reason? Are they obsessed with frivilous issues that mean precisely zero when set against the myriad challenges humanity faces?

You could probably answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions, particularly the last. But, in the words of Fox News, they just report; we decide. So here’s what The Guardian’s readership decided was yesterday’s most important story:

At a time when banks are crashing, ice caps are melting and things keep blowing up everywhere, there’s nothing quite like having your priorities in order….

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