This is the first 'Engineering consent' column by Antony Loewenstein, to focus on the inside workings of big media.
"One of the most entrenched and disturbing features of American journalism [is] its pack mentality. Editors and journalists don't like to diverge too sharply from what everyone else is writing." Michael Massing, The New York Review of Books, February 26, 2004
"In April 2003, CNN aired footage of a marine in Baghdad who is confronted with a crowd of angry Iraqis. He shouts back in frustration, "We're here for your fucking freedom!" George Packer, The New Yorker, November 24, 2003