So we know our free, liberal press ain't really liberal.
Turns out, in the case of Bush, it ain't so free either.
Jessica Yellin, previously a White House correspondent for ABC News, claims network executives pushed her to softball the Bush Administration:
"The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings. And my own experience at the White House was that the higher the president’s approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives…to put on positive stories about the president."
If it's true that a well-informed citizenry is vital to the operation of a democracy, or, as Thomas Jefferson put it, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government," doesn't this mean that this form of corporate media coercion is betraying the American public?
Isn't it about time we start talking media reform? Or at the very least, some congressional hearings?