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Big surprise — the American people are taking it upon themselves to stop pro-war propaganda in the news, and the corporate media aren’t reporting on it.
When hundreds of thousands of Americans protest the Iraq war year after year, the corporate media portray peace activists as zealots on stilts.
Now, tens of thousands of Americans have urged Congress to investigate the Pentagon’s pervasive program to embed at least 75 “propaganda pundits” on every major news network. But the corporate media haven’t batted an eye — or said a word. (And even the Bush Administration is dodging the scandal, while insulting the only journalist in the White House gaggle with the guts to ask the question.)
In the same way that the corporate media refuse to report on the issues that affect and anger us the most, almost every news outlet has instituted a news blackout on this explosive story, opting to sweep under the rug a scandal that reaches deep into their own newsrooms.
But there’s a deeper illness here that can’t be healed by promises from the Pentagon. U.S. journalism has been struck with a paralyzing case of consolidation, and the corporate hands that own our media don’t want a cure. The Bush administration’s propaganda wouldn’t have spread far if it weren’t for its cozy relationship with media outlets like Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.
This failure of the watchdog not only undermines every standard of journalism, it also poses a fundamental threat to our democracy.
The effects of Big Media have never been more apparent. First and foremost, the corporate owners protect themselves with a phalanx of lobbyists, and then dole out favors to the politicians and regulators who allow Big Media to consolidate their power unbridled.