Recent events involving Watergate, the Desert Storm War in Iraq and the Benghazi massacre show how the public can determine the truth despite the massive government-assisted public relations efforts behind each historic event.
What's needed, not surprisingly, is simple old-fashioned reporting from all sides -- not the hidden public relations agendas that increasingly dominate both news and academic treatments. To illustrate this theme, our column today analyzes a major presentation by Washington Post Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the death of their editor Benjamin Bradlee, and the release of a new book by a fierce critic of theirs, Roger Stone, a former aide to Richard Nixon.
We next examine last week's death of longtime Democratic aide and public relations executive Frank Mankiewiecz, who worked in public relations helping orchestrate United States involvement in the Desert Storm invasion of Iraq in 1990-91 that led to current hostilities there.
Finally, this column analyzes the book launch of former CBS reporter Sharyl Atkisson's denunciation of CBS for slanted news, including, she argues, of the 2012 Benghazi massacre that seriously embarrassed President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shortly before the 2012 presidential election.
In each of these instances, readers here will see that genuine scandals and serious analytic differences existed -- but conventional news reporting only provided some of the perspectives, and most commentators have their own slants and omissions.
The Justice Integrity Project and my book Presidential Puppetry exist to bridge such gaps by drawing on varied perspectives from right and left, whistleblower and mainstream -- and providing readers will that increasingly rare option.