Media Mouse has posted Jeff Smith’s column from this month’s issue of West Michigan entertainment magazine, Recoil. In his column Smith examines the recent deaths of Milton Friedman and Augusto Pinochet and looks at how they were “remembered” in the corporate media. Smith writes:
How is it that in a country that claims to have a free press that the media system continues to present only the “official” government version of history or current events? This is an important question, because the government doesn’t own the media in this country, nor do they threaten the press with consequences if they don’t print the “official” position. Here the Press has itself internalized the values of the system and this is a direct result of newsrooms being driven by stock market instead of democracy.