| Corporate media/Mendacity|
Corporate media does actively lie, but the preferred cover-up technique of deep state control of corporate media - which maintains plausible deniability - is simple lying by omission. Very little mention has been made of the MLK or JFK assassinations after the HSCA concluded that they were likely the result of conspiracies. No US national media network sent a reporter to the 1999 civil trial in relation to the assassination of MLK.
“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”
George Orwell (1943) - 
|AN overview of the case of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre|
In 2005 the case of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre set an important legal precedent, although it was not widely reported in US at the time. The couple were fired when they refused to tailor their investigation into RBGH to suit Monsanto's wishes. Ruling on their case, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that their employer could demand that they lie since there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. An uncertain but large proportion (perhaps >50%) of television news footage in USA is in fact VNRs (video news releases) produced by 3rd party corporations, as a kind of stealth advertisement masquerading as news.
Loss of confidence
The US public no longer has the faith it used to in corporate media. The proportion of Americans expressing a “great deal of confidence” in the press has fallen from 28 percent in 1976 to just 8 percent in 2016. This trend may have inspired the "fake news website" campaign of late 2016 which blewback into the popularity of the phrase "fake news", which continues to inpire people to cross check media sources, further undermining faith in sources which are mendacious.
|Chris Hedges||“The crisis that we face is not so much an economic crisis but a moral crisis. The utter cynicism on the part of very well paid media who have become in essence hedonists of power (which is what courtiers are) that the truth no longer matters, that that sacred contract that a great reporter makes between the viewer or the reader to tell them the truth is no longer relevant.”||Chris Hedges|
- Looking Back on the Spanish War
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