Puh-leeze. And if reporters are so intimidated by the "punitive government", then how can we trust any of the media? Well, except Robert Scheer, I guess. And Robert Fisk, of course.
The journalists on the panels at the University of California at Berkeley this week blamed the Bush administration for leaking faulty information, but said the media also has itself to blame for not being more skeptical about the case for war.
"The press did not do their job," said Michael Massing, who wrote an article in the New York Review of Books that found The New York Times and The Washington Post particularly at fault.
Journalists fear they will be seen as unpatriotic if they challenge White House statements, said Robert Sheer, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
"There is no doubt that there is an atmosphere of fear in the media of being out of sync with the punitive government," Sheer said.
Sheesh, it's like a Bravo movie-of-the-week directed by Michael Moore.