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October 15, 2009

Will They Ever Learn? The Media and the Iraq War

More than six years have passed since the beginning of the Iraq War. What has the elite media learned since then, when its failure to be critical helped lead America into the biggest foreign policy disaster of the post-Cold War era?

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas has explored this question in print, in the form of articles by Leslie Gelb and Michael Getler. Now, please join Gelb, Getler, and noted media critic Michael Massing on October 15th at the Columbia School of Journalism, as we further examine this fascinating debate.

Leslie Gelb is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy. He was the foreign affairs correspondent for the New York Times and a senior government official.

Michael Getler was the ombudsman at The Washington Post from 2000 to 2005 and is now ombudsman at PBS. He was a reporter and editor at the Post for 26 years and then executive editor of the International Herald Tribune from 1996 to 2000.

Michael Massing is a contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and the author of Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq.

The panel will be moderated by Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism.

6:30 PM to 8 PM

The Columbia School of Journalism Building
116th St and Broadway, southeast corner
New York, New York


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