Journalists are often not as free as claim. There are all sorts of forces placed on them that influence what and how they report on things. In the case of using press releases as stories, I suspect a low budget is a big reason.
I put up a few articles a few years ago on this group. I didn't get much response, but I can see its dynamics have changed.
Earlier this year, I spent about two months on www.writerbeat.com. This was the first time I could conduct a civilized and intelligent dialogue on politics on the internet. While I sense that more people realize that the system is broken, I still can't get to get passed western democracy.
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