Deference to the government is now the trademark of the American media — at least at times when the truth could have the greatest impact. The media were grossly negligent in failing to question or examine Bush's claims on the road to war. When journalists dug up the truth, editors sometimes ignored or buried their reports. Washington Post Pentagon correspondent Thomas Ricks complained that, in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, "There was an attitude among editors: 'Look, we're going to war; why do we even worry about all this contrary stuff?'" New York Times White House correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller explained the press's conduct at a Bush press conference just before he invaded Iraq: "I think we were very deferential because … nobody wanted to get into an argument with the president at this very serious time."
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