As with so much else wrong in our country today, the problem with the press is not really right and left, but right and wrong.
The GAO has conducted several two-year studies on the Bush Administration's use of government funds for propaganda purposes. They have spent billions of our dollars to propagandize us. This is illegal because propaganda is a weapon to be used against an enemy, and in doing this, the Bush Administration (again) casts the American people as such.
You aren't going to hear a lot about these illegal expenditures, though, because the US media is on the receiving end of much of this money.
Not only that, but the US press is a major lobbyist of this government: to the tune of three times what the oil interests spend, and this has paid off in spades. On December 18 the FCC is going to try to push through another hasty round of consolidation and hand more newspaper-cross-broadcast to the totally unsastisfactory big players. I certainly hope The Nation will keep spotlighting that.
Dec 9 2007 - 8:09am