The Press as the War Machine’s Ally

by Ted Galen Carpenter

“American journalists typically have portrayed themselves as the public’s ‘watchdogs’ monitoring the behavior of elected and appointed government officials. In the foreign policy arena, the mainstream news media have failed spectacularly at their self-proclaimed mission. Indeed, such journalists have rarely even made a credible effort to perform that task. Too often, they instead have become either useful idiots for promoting an interventionist U.S. policy or even willing propagandists for government officials who push Washington’s aggressive role in world affairs.” (11/16/21)