“The press is prepared, and striving to prepare the public, for American shooting in the Far East,” according to a November 1941 memo sent to Henry G. Morgenthau Jr., the Secretary of the Treasury. (from Countdown to Pearl Harbor)
If anyone thinks that the US press was truly free and without an agenda, they are incorrect. The vast majority of the US press has been on the side of authoritarians – whether fascist, socialist, or communist – for more than a century.
Liberty is not the byword of the press in the United States, power and influence is.