|In the wake of 9/11 and in the run-up to Iraq, these news organizations made a decision --consciously or unconsciously, but unquestionably in a climate of fear --to accept the overall narrative frame given them by the White House, a narrative that went like this: Saddam Hussein, brutal dictator, harbored weapons of mass destruction and, because of his supposed links to al Qaeda, this could not be tolerated in a post-9/11 world.
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