Greg Palast on "dependent"
The distinction we make between "media horseshit"
(error, ineptitude, etc) and "toxic slime"
(propaganda, disinformation) is best illustrated by examples.
Greg Palast's investigative work (eg in his book, The Best
Democracy Money can Buy) uncovers many examples of both.
Here's an extract of an interview with Palast:
Some would argue that commercial journalism has so completely
abdicated objectivity that it is no longer news, but rather
public relations. Is the independent media the last bastion
of the free press?
media in America is better called "starvation" media:
journalists that want to do real reporting don't survive long
Bob Parry, who uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal, lost
his job at the AP, Seymour Hersh was pushed off the
New York Times and I'm in exile. Investigative
reporting is a quick career path to disemployment. The 'dependent'
media is killing us with poisoned lies.
You have labored long and hard to document the perils of unregulated
multi-national corporate activity. To the average American
who voted for George W. Bush what would you say about the
dangers of "Globalization?"
GP: Look at the documents I've seen
and you'll get ill. Example: Pfizer Corporation, which
makes Viagra, used to make a heart valve designed by a doctor
named Viking Bjork who found out the company's save-a-buck
method of manufacturing them caused the valves to snap apart
inside patients. Literally hundreds of hearts exploded, one
ugly way to die. Dr. Bjork thought he should issue a public
warning, but kept his mouth shut when a Pfizer exec
telexed, "ATTN PROF BJORK: WE WOULD PREFER THAT YOU DID
NOT PUBLISH THE DATA RELATIVE TO STRUT FRACTURE." The
reason to withhold the warning your heart valve could fail?
"WE EXPECT A FEW MORE." Nice guys.