The torture and brutalization of Julian Assange has only been made possible by the fact that the public consents to it, and the public only consents to it because of a concerted mass media smear campaign that took place between late 2016 and his arrest in April 2019.
People who are only just beginning to research what’s wrong with the world often hold an assumption that mainstream news reporters are just knowingly propagandizing people all the time.
How many world leaders under media pressure were willing to admit to making mistakes and then immediately take quick public action to correct them? In modern U.S. history this number seems to be around zero.
Never before has the fourth estate been in such poor health after four years of abuse by a president.