We are bombarded with commercial media that totes the magnificence of capitalism, and in essence presents a right-wing story that it announces as "news." Network TV has short-changed us, and has cut back on its formerly respected journalism. The same goes for right-wing shlock on radio, and corporate-serving print media. All these sources have become standard presentations in what passes for news these days. It is anti-intellectual to the max, and would rather tell you hyped stories about corporate messiahship than present news. Younger people have no idea what real journalism is, and certainly know nothing about objective and responsible reporting. Nothing is done in depth anymore. And progressive ideas are totally unknown. Here are some other voices...
Just when you think the neocons have done all the damage to the U.S. that could possibly be done, Bush goes to the Middle East and screws things up even more. His comments about Arab nations made him even more of a pariah than he already had been. It is Bush and the neocons who are recruitment godsends to terrorists. And traveling as a head of state he should know that you keep your own national politics out of bounds. Yet he couldn't contain himself, or the horrid neocons that surround him, and openly criticized Obama. Imagine, George W. Bush criticizing an intelligent politician about the Middle East. Bush has screwed up the Middle East [and everything else he has touched] beyond belief. The president of the U.S. is hated and has become the laughing stock around the world.
The U.S. is now straddled with a lazy, shallow print and broadcast media. They think that "balanced" news reporting is to simply have conservative and liberal "suits" debate an issue. What has happened to a once-proud journalism profession in America? What we have now is intellectual emptiness coupled with manipulated capitalism masquerading as journalism. This is now lack of back story wedded to advertising.
Long ago I came to realize there were many, many people incarcerated who were innocent. And many more who were sentenced incorrectly and counterproductively. It was not because of the rantings of some prisoners constantly screaming about their innocence, though some of those also were innocent. It was because I had come to see the corrections systems in the U.S. and the way "justice" was pronounced from the inside and from an informed perspective.