Wikileaks release of countless documents that detail the corrupt and shadowy dealings of the U.S. government worldwide have caused the American media to go into full lapdog mode in defense of government secrecy. In editorials, blogs and TV shows the American Mainstream Media Establishment today reaffirmed its obedience and fealty to the powerful interests it serves by attacking Wikileaks for performing the service that the press, in an earlier age, used to perform.
Sean Hannity, fat-headed TV host, bleated, "Wikileaks abuses press freedom. We shouldn't be told unpleasant details about our government's illegal activities. The media should use its First Amendment rights to complain that our government is run by a suspicious dark-skinned socialist Muslim!"
David Brooks, sober commentator manque, said, "It's not right that Americans get conclusive proof that their government is beyond their control because it is run by supra-national powerful interests. The American media's purpose is to peddle silly narratives about "spreading democracy" and bourgeoise globalization fairy stories written by pundits like me and Tom Friedman."
As recently as the 1970s the American news media actively uncovered and reported on government wrongdoing and malfeasance. This publicity prodded the citizenry into actions as diverse as forcing the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and causing the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon for criminal activities. All that changed in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan, under the guise of deregulation, allowed changes in media ownership that concentrated the majority of media outlets into a few wealthy hands--wealthy hands that have a vested interest in keeping their manipulations of power hidden from the public whose interests the media ostensibly serves.
Mikhail Gorbachev, former premier of the Soviet Union said, "The American press and its lockstep defense of power reminds me so much of the days of the Soviet Union. Well, the Soviet press didn't have the dazzling graphics. Or the sycophancy and toadying for that matter."