Was 2012 the worst year in mainstream media malpractice?
But even bigger issues face us, now in the fifth year of prolonged recession and the second decade of a debt-fueled war on terror. At OpedNews we cover under-reported stories year round, inviting citizen journalists to contribute, so it's more evident each year how "professional" journalists are unable or unwilling to report on reality-based news, making them ever more feeble.
The major media is not useless to you just because of billionaire ownership, it's also the non-disclosure clauses in contracts that prevent anchors or reporters from telling the story behind the story. Final editorial control over what goes out over the air causes major behind-the-scenes conflict. Even when marquee names try to blow the whistle, the contractual gags always hold in the end.
The Fiscal Cliff
This story would be settled quickly if the news simply said "House GOP favors needless tax cuts for rich in continuing class warfare". Friday night we even saw President Obama dance around this millionaire money grab in his presser, blaming Congress only in vague terms for the manufactured crisis - but the media is worse, long avoiding the stark reality that the Bush tax cuts for the rich have poor stimulative effect, fail to create jobs, produce inadequate revenue and add debt.