Governments abhor transparency, and governments lie. To keep them (comparatively) honest, an engaged and informed citizenry is indispensable.
That requires media that are aggressive and probing, and that are not afraid to speak the truth. We have precious little of that in the United States today.
Government media policy, bought and paid for by corporate interests, has done the cause of transparency incalculable harm. The Internet driven decline of print media hasn’t helped either.
Investigative reporting is now on the ropes, along with almost every other facet of genuine journalism.
Weekend Edition July 5-7, 2013
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