The American media took its lumps after the Iraqi war for not challenging the government's allegations against Saddam Hussein. It promised to learn its lesson. Guess what? The same thing is now happening in regard to Iran, with a twist: The media is actually "out in front of the US government in the propaganda effort rather than in their normal position of submissively marching behind," writes Glenn Greenwald in Salon.
The standard US report on Iran depicts Tehran as a maniacal aggressor, even though that's far from the case, writes Greenwald. He picks apart the assertion point by point, writing that the combined might of the US and Israel "make the Iranian military by comparison look almost as laughable as Saddam's." No matter: Figures in the media "uncritically" warn about the "Grave Threat" and discuss a preemptive strike "with a casualness that most people use to contemplate what to have for lunch," writes Greenwald. Read the full column here. (Read more media stories.)