War propaganda in mainstream U.S. media is riding a fever pitch, especially the cable news stations. CNN is a case in point regarding its North Korea coverage. Note how each report is underlaid by stark images of colums of goosestepping soldiers and tanks--the message being that North Korea is a militaristic nation with an army of one million strong poised to strike against the U.S. What's instructive is what is shown and what is omitted. We are not privileged to see, for instance, shots of normal North Korean citizens going about their daily business of going to work, shopping, etc, or shots of mothers clutching their babies. We are, however, treated to such images as they apply to Seoul! The exact same kind of omission coverage applies to what we are presented as Iraqi news--Saddam Hussein speaking from a podium lined with his nation's flag and surrounded by his generals. But we don't get to see images of average citizens--apparently they are all bound and gagged in their homes, starving, while defiant Saddam eats caviar and drinks Cola Cola and delivers belligerent rants.
A nation bombarded with these kinds of selective images and reports soon grows to associate these countries with aggression. Meanwhile back at the home ranch, we are presented mostly with images of U.S soldiers packing up and kissing their wives and babies goodbye as they prepare to depart to fight evil.
A 'free and open corporate media" in America is a bald myth. It selects and filters what it wants you to hear and see.