Peter Hart of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting catches The New York Times, the premier vehicle for disseminating establishment disinformation in the U.S. for the better part of a century — The Washington Times the preferred outlet for those unable to get their crackpot conspiracies published in respectable papers like the central Georgia Penny Pincher — reporting on the odd arrangement in Japan between the major media and the state:
“. . . in which reporters from major news media outlets are stationed inside government offices and enjoy close, constant access to officials. The system has long been criticized as antidemocratic by both foreign and Japanese analysts, who charge that it has produced a relatively spineless press that feels more accountable to its official sources than to the public. In their apparent reluctance to criticize the government, the critics say, the news media fail to serve as an effective check on authority.”
Rest assured, though, dear reader: it could never happen here.