Disinfo: There is no independent media in the USA

Summary

One of the most popular is the myth of a free press of the West – and this despite the fact that a number of media outlets are directly funded by governments. This paradox is usually explained by the words “independent editorial policy”. The leaders of the leading American media were often people affiliated with the intelligence services.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western media, allegedly censorship in US media.

Freedom of the press in the United States is legally protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

There are media in the US that are funded by the government, but they are guaranteed from any interference.

For example, an essential guarantee of the journalistic credibility of Voice of America content is the “firewall” enshrined in the 1994 U.S. International Broadcasting Act. The firewall prohibits interference by any U.S. government official in the objective, independent reporting of news, thereby safeguarding the ability of our journalists to develop content that reflects the highest professional standards of journalism, free of political interference.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Censorship, Media

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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