The United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America
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FEATURING MICKEY HUFF – A former reality television star is President of the United States and has declared war on the media. The relationship between Presidents and the press has always been fraught with political pitfalls. A free press is enshrined in our constitution, and is intended to be a bulwark against abuses of power, shining a light on wrongdoing and holding politicians’ feet to the fire.
But today corporate controlled media dominate the journalistic landscape and a handful of media outlets enjoy such a cozy relationship with the White House that they are little more than mouthpieces of propaganda. How did we get here?
Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored and president of the Media Freedom Foundation. He is also the co-author with Nolan Higdon of the new book United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America.
**This segment was originally broadcast on August 13, 2019.