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1/ However, without question it is the single biggest media failure ever. Nothing else is even close, not even the failure to cover the Holocaust. The reason is that the media didn't merely fail to report the truth, it pushed the panic and actually drove government policy...
2/ If @nytimes etc had accurately and aggressively reported on the Holocaust or Stalin's starvation of Ukranian peasants (or even the lack of WMD in Iraq), it is very likely little would have changed; those were government-led atrocities and disasters...
3/ But in this case - for reasons both complicated and simple - the media played the tune and "policymakers" danced. And THE SONG IS STILL GOING.
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