LETTER: For what’s wrong with American, look no further than the media

Accurate reporting would help stem the corruption and malfeasance that plague the U.S.

The media is largely responsible for our nation’s self-destructive political direction.

Core issues are only covered superficially, if at all, by our corporate-owned media.

Those issues are U.S. military aggression, foreign policy incompetence and domestic political corruption.


• U.S. wars: Improved media coverage would demonstrate that U.S. regime-change wars are unworkable, reckless and generally illegal.

It would show that the U.S. has no interests in the Middle East or Central Asia justifying our present level of military engagement.

• Rising terrorism: Improved media coverage would demonstrate that rising world terrorism is due primarily to continued U.S. interference, aggression and occupation in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

• Russia and China: Improved media coverage would show that our denunciations and sanctions alienated Russia and China for less egregious aggression than the U.S. committed in the Middle East.

The U.S. squandered valuable support for Middle East peace and curtailing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

• Social Security: Improved media coverage would show that the Social Security crisis was fabricated to justify benefit cuts.

There is no crisis.

Based on an assessment by the Social Security Administration, Social Security will have sufficient reserves — in government bonds — to pay full retirement benefits for the next 19 years, until 2035, as long as the U.S. repays this $2.7 trillion in bonded indebtedness to Social Security.

Improved media coverage would also more accurately inform the electorate on climate change, election reform, police misconduct and much else.

Two-thirds of the American people think the nation is on the wrong track.

They are right, and corporate and foreign interests and their media are primarily responsible.

Malcolm D. McPhee,


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