Originally Posted by mhgaffney
The blurb about the price of gas is a trivial example.
But it makes the point.
A better example -- at the time of the 2003 attack on Iraq -- 70% of Americans (including the knee jerks on the OM) believed that Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11.
A similar percentage believed that Saddam had WMDs.
Neither of which was true. Americans believed it because the US media endlessly repeated these lies. Repeat a lie enough times and people will swallow it. The bigger the lie the easier it is to swallow.
But why did they repeat the lies? Your mistake here is believing the media was behind the coverup. They may have simply not been able to uncover the true story (until years after), and that's a bad thing, and is a result of media going for ratings rather than story.
But to believe "the media" is one big monolithic group involved in some big intergalactic conspiracy, you're the brainwashed one. The only "conspiracy" here is the media's operation as a for profit enterprise.