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Why didn't the mainstream media help us convince the government we needed protection?

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Blinded by scandal, Arianna Huffington,, September 13, 2001:

“Obsessed with sharks and Gary Condit, the media, like the White House, missed earlier warnings about possible terrorist attacks at home.”

WHAT WE KNEW: WARNING GIVEN...STORY MISSED, Harold Evans, Columbia Journalism Review, undated

“We were warned. Some of the best minds in the United States attempted to alert the nation that, without a new emphasis on homeland security and attention to terrorism, ‘Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers’ as the result of terrorist attacks.”  

Asleep at the switch, Simon Marks, Society of Professional Journalists, December 29, 2001 (archived at AR Action Report):

On June 23, the Reuters news agency distributed a report headlined “Bin Laden Fighters Plan anti-US attack.” The lead: ‘Followers of exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden are planning a major attack on U.S. and Israeli interests.’

“Two days later, it was United Press International’s turn to spread the alarming news. In a dispatch dated June 25, the agency informed its subscribers that ‘Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is planning a terrorist attack against the United States.’ The following day, another UPI report (‘Bin Laden Forms New Jihadi Group’) described the formalization of ties between bin Laden’s Al Qaeda and the Egyptian branch of Islamic Jihad.

“Unless you’re a maven of the Reuters and UPI wire feeds, the chances are that you didn’t see any of those reports.”

Why is the New York Times defending Bush’s September 11 cover-up?, Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site, May 22, 2002:

“Two revelations that emerged in the mass media last week threaten to topple the entire edifice of lies that has been used to justify the Bush administration’s policy of open-ended war and political repression. The first is the fact that Bush was briefed weeks before September 11 that Al Qaeda was preparing to hijack US commercial jets. The second is that the administration had already drafted a detailed plan for a global “war on terrorism” which included an attack on Afghanistan—the very plan Bush implemented in the aftermath of the hijack-bombings in New York and Washington.

“This is only a small sample of critical information that has been concealed by the government and the press.”

As the Press Turns, Michael Tomasky, The Nation, June 10, 2002:

“Quick, pinch me--am I still living in the same country? Reading and watching the same media? This ‘Bob Woodward’ fellow who co-wrote a tough piece in the May 18 Washington Post demonstrating that the now-famous August 6 presidential daily briefing, contrary to Administration officials' claims about its contents, actually carried the heading ‘Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.’--is this the same Bob Woodward who co-wrote the Post's infamous ‘Ten Days in September’ series earlier this year, the ur-document of George W. Bush's Churchillization? And this ‘Michael Isikoff,’ sharing a byline on the eye-opening May 27 Newsweek cover story that shreds the Administration's ‘we did everything we could’ line of defense--is this the Isikoff who four years ago defined national security in terms of dress stains and cigar probes? One begins to suspect that unbeknownst to all of us, the terrorists have indeed struck--the Washington, DC, water supply.”

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