Like Saddam's WMDs, We Still Manufacture 'Mainstream'
Paul Krugman thinks we haven't learned to examine 'mainstream' consensus
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
Updated Mar 18, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
Colin Powell holds up a vial he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs to the UN Security Council in this Feb. 5, 2003 file photo.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(Newser) – It's the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, a disastrous war fought on false pretenses. "So did our political elite and our news media learn from this experience? It sure doesn’t look like it," Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times. The real trick of the Iraq war buildup was the illusion of consensus proponents created. "To this day, pundits who got it wrong excuse themselves on the grounds that 'everyone' thought" Saddam Hussein had WMDs. Sure there were dissenters, but they weren't mainstream.

Of course, that logic is circular; support for the war became part of the definition of "mainstream." But today, groupthink still reigns, Krugman argues, offering as proof the current "deficit obsession." Now, as then, there is an illusion of consensus, the press often seems to have chosen sides, and anyone dissenting is outside the mainstream. "What we should have learned from the Iraq debacle was that you should always be skeptical. … And policy arguments should be evaluated on the merits, not by who expresses them." Click for Krugman's full column.

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DEGREATTRUTH
Mar 20, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
Colin Powell left the Republican Party after the so called WMD's allegations was found to be a lie by Bush and his crew. Smart move Powell.
Zero_for_President
Mar 19, 2013 12:45 AM CDT
America is a fascist-governed, bankrupt and collapsing global military empire that is dedicated to the Cheney/Rumsfeld PNAC of 1997: Full Spectrum Domination across an arc of engagement: from mexico to mongolia. None of you know about PNAC , nor about NDAA and the death camps approved by Congress during the Christmas media jingle of 2011. http://www.heartvote.com
lvan
Mar 19, 2013 12:45 AM CDT
You know, putting a 'spin' on would not be possible if people would actually use their own mind and speak up. Don't let media giants control your news.