I used to wonder how the media, the last safeguard we have for what is left of our democracy, failed us so badly in the lead up to the second war on Iraq. Even the New York Times, which I have considered the most important and independent newspaper in the country, blindly went along with the Bush/Cheney deliberate lies about weapons of mass destruction. I think I have the answer to my question – and a confirmation of my fears. The truth is that there is only a small vestige of independent journalism left in this Country.
Look at what is happening now to Edward Snowden and his revelations of unaccountable, illegal spying on Americans. I am becoming convinced that the media has become nothing more than a corporate funded extension of the Government, simply mouthing the Government’s propaganda. Fox News has always been a no-brainer, but when NBC commentator/(journalist?) Davis Gregory essentially tries to prosecute the journalist who reported the Snowden revelations, it becomes obvious that they are acting as nothing more than government mouthpieces. The people who (justifiably, I think) raged against Obama for spying on journalist who covered whistle-blowers, are now implying that the same journalists should be prosecuted for reporting the revelations.
Why is it that no one is talking about prosecuting government employees who lie under oath about illegal government activities (like the head of the NSA), but are calling for the arrest of whistle-blowers revealing those lies? Dick Cheney was on the news calling Snowden a traitor for disclosing illegal spying on Americans, but has gotten a free pass for revealing a secret CIA agent (Valerie Plame). How was that not treason?
The media, as a whole, is a tool of the government. As frightening as it is to contemplate, the web may be the only independent source of news. It is revealing that journalists like Glenn Greenwald are being attacked not only by the government but also by media figures like Gregory.