To spotlight this bias, CJR looked at NSA-related reporting by America’s four largest newspapers. Aggregating all of the coverage, the journalism watchdog organization found that there has been a clear slant in favor of the government’s defense of mass spying.
That’s to be expected as large press organizations try not to piss off governments to the point where they lose coveted spots in the press corps. However, I think the most damning part of Sirota’s piece is this:
Assessing the whole situation, the Federal Communications Commission recently concluded that there is a fundamental “power shift” happening in the media right now—one in which media organizations are “more reliant on news doled out by press release or official statement, which means that they report the news powerful institutions want us to know rather than what has been concealed.”
To me that is far more egregious than not pissing off the government — that’s just lazy.