Genferei's post, below, raises an important question:
I ask, once again, how is a well-intentioned foreigner (who hasn't had the luck to stumble upon Ricochet) going to learn real facts about America if this is the only source-material they have ready access to? How does the truth get out? Because what foreigners believe really does matter. (But perhaps that is the topic of another post.)
There is an equally important inverse question:
I ask, once again, how is a well-intentioned American (who hasn't had the luck to spend pretty much her whole adult life living in places most Americans don't) going to learn real facts about countries that are in their own ways as complex as America--but very different--if their media, which is often controlled, is the only source-material they have ready access to? How does the truth get out? Because what Americans believe really does matter.
I truly don't know how to solve this problem. This survey--published today in Hürriyet Daily News--gives you a sense of something important:
After surveying 67 journalists from various media outlets, such as Milliyet, Hürriyet, Zaman, Taraf, Sabah, Habertürk and Sözcü, 85.1 percent of the journalists surveyed said censorship and self-censorship are definitely common in the Turkish media while 14.9 percent said it was fairly common.
When it comes to the actors intervening in the news-making process, 95 percent of the journalists surveyed said the government intervenes and 89 percent said the media owners do. The report also highlighted the change in the shift of power actors that intervene in the news-making process. The report said in the past the military had a strong influence on controlling news stories; however, now the power seems to have shifted toward the police.
But to make sense of that story, start with the obvious: They published that article, didn't they? So, what is it--a fundamentalist police state, or a place where fascist coup-plotters plant dark propaganda to defame the peace-loving, tolerant government? Or neither? Or both?