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Gone are the days (if there were any such) when journalists could be depended on to find the truth and publish or broadcast it, whatever the consequences. Well-known, respected reporters and even entire news networks now have their own agenda, handed down by owners or by the necessity of maintaining close ties to those in power in order to have the latest scoop. Those in power have become skilled at manipulating the news media in these and other ways, with many journalists (though by no means all of them) acting mainly as political agents.

"Without a media critical of government, America[n] democracy simply ceases to exist -- as occurred when the Bush administration took this nation to war in Iraq by distorting the information it had about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction."1

Keeping track of the behavior of individual journalists and news agencies is therefore comparably important to keeping track of the behavior of individual politicians.




  1. The Ted Koppel I knew (by Fred Branfman, on
  2. Today's media, more McCarthy than Murrow: stiff criticism of Koppel's 9/1 interview with FEMA then-Director Michael Brown (includes link to video of interview)