"The New York Times is often cited as the finest newspaper in the world. In Do Not Disturb (Black Inc, 2005), Robert Manne claims that the Times and Washington Post maintain a 'fierce tradition' of holding government and business to account. He clearly hasn't been following the greatest media scandal of the last decade, and the invaluable contribution of both these publications in bolstering the Bush Administration's deceitful case for war.
"The public's confidence in the media is at an all-time low, and reporters and editors wonder why this is so. The mainstream media's structural reliance on corporate largesse and access means they are increasingly unlikely to ask the tough questions of our political, media and business elite."
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