Just watched a noontime presentation by “America’s most fiercely independent journalist,” Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Amy is a host at Pacifica Radio and producer of several documentaries critical of the marriage between establishment politics and establishment journalism. She showed Independent Media In A Time Of War, which I’ll now consider required viewing for anyone who feels the U.S. media gave us anything remotely resembling fair and balanced coverage during the war. Really incredible; I bought a copy to show to friends.
Point: FAIR analyzed 393 TV interviews held on broadcast media during the war, then tallied the proportions of pro-war and anti-war interviewees. Results: 390 pro-war experts, 3 anti-war. Mainstream media falls down completely in its job. There is no discussion, no debate. General Wesley Clarke was on CNN more or less continuously throughout the war. Would a fair and balanced media not give equal time to a peace expert? This is the marriage between military and media. Media’s responsibility goes unfulfilled.
If we can’t rely on our media for information, what have we got? Where do we turn?