In 2003, one of America’s favorite catchphrases was George W. Bush’s favorite sayings: weapons of mass destructions.
The speculation was, of course, that Saddam Hussein’s supposed connections with Al Qaeda had these weapons of mass destruction ready to strike at any minute. However, as America made its way into the Iraq war, a more concerning idea would be that mainstream American media went along with everything the government put out without the least bit of scrutiny.
Luckily for readers, independent media outlets were there to ask the questions that needed to be discussed. According to an article written by Vincent Stehle for “The Chronicle of Philanthropy,” these organizations, such as Democracy Now, Free Speech TV, and Link TV, opened a dialogue in order to further discuss the political issues during this time period:
“In March 2005, reeling from an election that failed to reflect the disastrous consequences of the war abroad and the increasing problem of income inequality at home, more than two dozen leaders of nonprofit press organizations came together to explore ways they might work together.In part, they were looking for ways to run their businesses more effectively through cooperative practices. But more far-reaching, they wanted to work together to harness public attention to the major policy debates of our time by raising issues of economic justice, human rights, and progressive perspectives in national-security debates.”
Even now as we enter the election 45th president, honest criticism and speculation only exist through independent media outlets. Most notably, Hillary Clinton’s view on the African American population is being pressed by independent media outlets. Recently, a Black Lives Matter protester called out Clinton during a rally about her using the term “super predators” to describe black people.
There isn’t a lot of discussion regarding this issue by the mainstream media, mainly due to the fact that Clinton’s campaign is mainly funded by major corporations.
Mainstream American journalism is heavily influenced by politics, but in independent media the goal is to counter that level of corruption. Ironically, it is not only the government that journalists have to call out during injustice–it’s other journalists, too.