Media Matters – ABC’s World News only network news broadcast to report on subpoenas for former Bush aides
This is a disturbing story. Only one American news network reported that two former aides to Dubya had been subpoenaed to appear before the House and Senate judiciary committee over allegations of corruption in the appointment and firing of federal prosecutors. The Bush White House is being protected from public scrutiny by the media watchdogs.
This is a good example of how the force of the so-called ‘Fourth Estate’ in journalism has been fundamentally weakened over the past 10 years or so. The traditional media watchdog role was to bark and bite at those in power who abused the trust of the citizenry. That’s the historic foundation of the Fourth Estate model.
Today the role of the Fourth Estate in most cases is to sit quietly at the master’s feet, licking its own scabby ar*e.
Nothing new here. Despite their boasts of being champions of the people, the reality is that American mainstream media have largely served as lapdogs for government. See my post on this at The Future of News.