George W. Bush President George W. Bush (LM Otero/The Associated Press)

The 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq coincides with a whole lot of criticism of the White House press corps: that it doesn’t press the president on the topics of the day; that when it gets an opportunity to ask questions, they’re softball questions; that it fails to rebut the administration’s narratives.

As Howard Kurtz explains, there’s some precedent for that kind of activity.

The 10th anniversary this month of the invasion of Iraq will remind most people of a divisive and dubious war that toppled Saddam Hussein but claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians.
What it conjures up for me is the media’s greatest failure in modern times.
Major news organizations aided and abetted the Bush administration’s march to war on what turned out to be faulty premises. All too often, skepticism was checked at the door, and the shaky claims of top officials and unnamed sources were trumpeted as fact.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.