Dissent: the finest of American traditions
This perversion of American ideals is made possible by the massive consolidation of ownership of the news media: under the Bush administration, the FCC has failed to do its job by letting a few very large multi-national corporations buy up control of most of the media that the average person sees.
If you have 28 minutes, I can recommend this video on the state of US media compared to more uncensored news that people in most other countries get to see. I think of myself as a conservative, so a few things in this video rub me the wrong way, but it is still a valuable wake up call to the dangers to democracy of tightly controlled news media. Highly recommended!