June 27, 2003

Whatever Happened to the Freedom Of The Press?

Given the mounting evidence against Bush, Blair and Howard, why are the Western media not screaming for mass resignations? Well, unfortunately media compliance is nothing new.

According to this report in The Guardian newspaper, media commentator and New York Magazine columnist Michael Wolff has accused American television networks of "kissing ass" in their coverage of the Iraq war in return for a relaxation of media ownership rules in the US.

Coincidence? The Australian Government is also trying to push through new media laws and has only been unsuccessful so far because of the opposition of a lone Independent MP.

This article by a renowed BBC and international journalist provides an in-depth and graphic account of how the US tried to oust Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2002, with the extreme complicity of the US media.

Here's another story about the US media laying into former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who was accused of implying “that the [Bush] Administration knew in advance about September 11 and deliberately held back the information.” Trouble is, as the article shows, the lady never said it!

"Are US reporters simply spineless?" is the question asked by BBC reporter Justin Webb in this article from the UK's Independent newspaper.


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