By Graham Vanbergen: We are fast
approaching the time where the informational war being waged between the
establishment (specifically the vested interests of the rich and
powerful) and the independent news outlet is rapidly heading towards its
final showdown. Personally, although somewhat defeatist, I think this
battle is already lost, it is simply a matter of time. The supposed
defenders of free speech, that is the political establishment and their
billionaire media cronies have taken sides and this is becoming more
evident every day.
Today, the mainstream media has a self-inflicted credibility problem. In
2006, about 65 percent of the general public believed what they read in
British newspapers in and in little more than ten years this high level
of trust has crashed to little more than a quarter. In fact, trust in the four institutions of government, business, media and NGO’s has taken a dramatic dive in just the last three years alone.