The truth is that the problem with the media is not limited to the universe of Fox News and right wing radio pundits. The American media landscape distorts the truth not because it is liberal or conservative but because it is corporate.
The corporate media can easily accept a range of opinions from Rachel Maddow to Sean Hannity and create a whole menu of self-selected ideological niche markets. What it will never systematically do is challenge the basis of economic power, the unquestioned centrality of our military industrial complex, or American global hegemony in any way that moves beyond the superficial.
Thus we will have a thorough airing of the “fiscal cliff” debate between Republican social Darwinist austerity and Democratic austerity lite, but not much discussion at all about whether this austerity debate is off the mark entirely.
“The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.” -- Noam Chomsky