Leave it to Christopher Hitchens to skewer the hypocrisy of the "liberal" press. In a Slate review
of Doug Feith's indispensable book on the calculations that went into the war in Iraq, War and Decision
, Hitchens contrasts the massive media attention to a water-fly named Scott McLellan who didn't know what he was doing when he was the president's press secretary and certainly doesn't know what he's doing now, The Washington Post,
the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times
and other guardians of the Fourth Estate have blacked out Feith's book, which was published two months ago. As it happens they have done the same to the book Ben Johnson and I have written, Party of Defeat,
which is not an insider account like Feith's but does document the five-year sabotage of the war policy by Democrats and radicals. Kudos to Slate for publishing Christopher's review.
Since we don't expect the blackout on our book to change, we are offering $500 to any critic of the war who has written for a reputable publication and wants to challenge our thesis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up.