Slow Burn: The Road to the Iraq War

Season 5: Bonus Episode 7
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Where the Media Failed

On Judith Miller’s mistakes in covering Iraq, plus Dan Rather on media patriotism and Eli Pariser on the anti-war movement.

Episode Notes

In this bonus episode, Slow Burn’s host Noreen Malone and producer Jayson de Leon discuss interviewing Judith Miller. Then we’ll hear from veteran journalist and news anchor Dan Rather about how “patriotism” influenced news coverage of the Iraq War, and from’s Eli Pariser about how new technologies helped bolster the anti-war movement.

Mentioned in this episode:
The Story by Judith Miller

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster.

Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq war, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?

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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.