The Wish for Kings: Democracy at Bay.
Lewis H. Lapham on the 1991 Gulf War:
"The bombardment of Baghdad began on Jan 17, and within a matter of hours, the newspaper and television correspondents had abandoned any claim or pretension to the power of independent thought. It was as if they had instantly enlisted in the ranks of an elite regiment, sworn to protect and defend whatever they were told to protect and defend by the generals who presented them with 3 or 4 paragraphs of yesterday's news. The Iraqi troops were forced to suffer the admonitions of gunfire, but the American media surrendered to a barrage of propaganda before the first F-16 fired its first round at an Iraqi tank."


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