US media draw halo over Uncle Sam’s head – US journalist

Norman Solomon, a founder and president of the Institute for Public Accuracy says there are some glaring omissions in the way some US media outlets are reporting Washington's military campaigns abroad.

­“The assumption, often implicit through the media, is that Uncle Sam has a halo over his head, and he’s just trying to do really good. Sometimes he screws up, but basically the USA has the best of intentions,” Solomon said with irony.

“Now, if there was no oil in Libya or Iraq, and the main export, say, was cucumbers, I don’t think the US would have invested billions of dollars in military actions,” he explained.

Norman Solomon notes that this point is part of the equation that is often left out when US news media explain events to American citizens.

“When you have government and media so closely tied together, then the deceptions and the tap dances coming from government is reflected in the media,” he added.