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BILL MOYERS JOURNAL Buying the War

Five years after "shock and awe," how the government sold the war has been much examined, but a big question remains: how and why did the press buy it? Friday, May 30th 8:30 p.m. on KUAT6

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL Buying the War

In the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, the government's claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to Saddam Hussein went mostly unchallenged by the media.

Bill Moyers and his team piece together the reporting that shows how the media were complicit in shaping the "public mind" toward the war, and ask what's happened to the press' role as skeptical "watchdog" over government power.

The program features the work of some intrepid journalists who didn't take the government's word at face value, including the team of reporters at Knight Ridder news service whose reporting turned up evidence at odds with the official view of reality.

Watch it Friday, May 30th 8:30 p.m. on KUAT6

See previews and find out more at pbs.org

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