ABC anchor Dan Harris,… at the top of Sunday’s World News … highlighted how “one of the most respected figures in Washington says the Bush administration went to war in Iraq because of oil.” Harris soon referred to it as “an eyebrow raising allegation on Iraq” in a new book from Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. But after a Monday Washington Post story, in which Greenspan declared that oil was “not the administration’s motive,” and an appearance by Mr. Greenspan on the Today show made abundantly clear the inaccuracy of the implication that Greenspan was somehow endorsing a…theory about how George W. Bush went to war to financially benefit Dick Cheney’s oil industry friends. ABC’s World News on Monday failed to offer any correction for its incendiary, and erroneous, reporting. In fact, the September 17 World News didn’t mention Greenspan at all.
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1. Why do you think ABC’s World News did not offer a correction on Monday night to its inaccurate Sunday night report on Alan Greenspan?
2. Why is it a problem that ABC failed to issue a correction the next day, after Mr. Greenspan himself clarified his real belief about the Iraq War?
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1. Opinion question. Answers vary.
2. Alan Greenspan is a well-known and highly respected individual. Even if ABC News made an honest mistake in their report, to not issue a correction to a majorly inaccurate report is irresponsible journalism. What can the viewer assume but that ABC News cares more about saying that President Bush went to war for oil, than the fact that Mr. Greenspan did not mean to imply such a thing in his book. Many people who only watch ABC’s World News will be left with the false impression that Mr. Greenspan thinks the Bush Administration went to Iraq for oil.