(Mensaje se repite en Español)
When the cold war was still raging between the United States and the Soviet Union, one of the often cited examples of the difference between our supposedly open and democratic political system and the Soviets closed system was our free press as guaranteed to us by our constitution. The Soviets had Pravda, Isvestia, and Tass- state controlled media where their news outlets merely parroted Soviet government party line and we, while we had a marketplace of diverse and contending ideas.
Now in the United States where 5 corporation control virtually all commercial media and their foundations control public media content as well by making public media financially dependent on them through subsidies, it is becoming harder and harder for Americans to hear anything but corporate party line on any issue, since all that now seems to emanate from centrally produced "news" is the repetitious messages designed to drown out any other content or interpretation as to what is going on. Is corporate party line any different than Soviet party line?