Well, the BBC News honcho agrees with neocons, the blogosphere, Jon Stewart and J-School professors on one thing - the US media are a stupidface. BBC News Boss Slams 'Flag-Wrapped' U.S. Media "Before Iraq, it seemed to me that some U.S. news broadcasters wrapped themselves in the flag and, as a consequence, did not perform the role the public expects of them," said Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC's global news division. "Our natural instinct is to support our country. But the responsibility of the news media is to ask the difficult questions, to press, to verify," Sambrook said... "We now know that all of us failed to ask the right questions about WMD in advance of the war. That isn't to say the war was wrong: each can make their own mind up about that," Sambrook said. "But to do so they need accurate information, evidence that has been tested. And if a news organization imbues itself with patriotism, it inhibits itself from asking some of those questions." Well yeah, no kidding, though I sense it had more to do with not pissing off advertisers and shareholders than simply patriotism.