Russell Smith is the author of the novels How Insensitive and Noise; Young Men, a story collection; and the illustrated fable The Princess and the Whiskheads. He writes a weekly column for the Toronto Globe and Mail, in which a different version of the article in this issue appeared. (May 2003)

IN THE REVIEW

The New Newsspeak

The coverage of this war in the press and on television has been disgusting. North American reporting, and in particular on the US television stations, has been cravenly submissive to the Pentagon and the White House. The worst culprit was also the one with the most “embedded” reporters and the …