Whether as a result of all those card-carrying Nazis smuggled into U.S. armed forces after W.W II (Project Paperclip) or otherwise, the combined capture of media and through it, a capacity to repeat lies often really does deteriorate the intelligence and soul of a people.
High paid pundits ARE high paid pundits because these shameful sycophants will do the bidding of their pay-masters. Spin a tale that turns Putin into the aggressor--IN SPITE of the facts: No problem!
Spin a tale that turns the poor Black kid gunned down into the neighborhood drug-wielding villain: No problem!
Convince readers that were it not for torture (working "the dark side") terrorist plots like Boston, that would kill and maim many citizens, could never be foiled.
Since a captured, corporately-controlled media allots no real alternative to the narratives it sets its sights upon to justify its martial and/or exploitative acts on a vast economic scale--no one with Official Clout is ever seen or heard challenging the lies told often.
Prior to the run-up to the War of Aggression in Iraq:
There was Hans Blix and proof of no weapons of mass destruction.
There was Scott Ritter stating likewise--and finding his reputation soon destroyed.
There was the Downing Street Memos announcing that a case was being FIXED for war.
There was the lie of yellow cake uranium, and curved ball, of smoking bombs over U.S. cities and babies placed in incubators... ALL of it was fabricated and barely meets the caliber of "Intelligence."
Like the oil barons who claim--time after time that they made use of all safety features and that crimes against nature will NOT happen again, but indeed do; these liars have their story in place and they all stick to it. TRUTH be damned.
Part of the "Truth be damned" apparatus is to, in fact, go after those who know it and have at least some agency for relaying it: