There have, of course, been numerous howls in the conservative blogosphere about the "liberal media"'s resistance to the war drums of the Bush administration. While I might concede that there have been some cases of bias, I would contend that the press is doing exactly its job in challenging the Administration to prove its case.
Revelations that the Administration isn't united in its determination that war is the only option, that Iraq's threat may be exaggerated, and that claims of an Iraq-al Qaeda link can't be substantiated may be embarrassing to the Administration, but a substantial departure from precedent like the proposed preemptive policy need the greatest scrutiny, not claims delivered with heated rhetoric. The United States government goes to war not on a whim of its leadership but in the name of its people. The people deserve to have confidence that the government's actions in its name are justified. If the facts are inconvenient, perhaps Bush should consider changing the policy to fit the facts and not the other way 'round.
Hardly a liberal, Bill Dennis seems to agree with this position:
Sorry, but they are doing their job, which is to keep the government honest
...That is their job. Conservative critics need to realize the difference, or suffer the fate of those who cry wolf too often.