Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11 - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: "“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in American abdicated their role as a check to power – the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government – for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism,” he said." (more at link above)
Bottom line: the Fourth Estate, as such, no longer exists in the US, at least in the off-line world. One must seek out blogs and other sources online such as the Guardian.
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