In this interview with Noam Chomsky (which I date from the exchanges as having taken place soon after the Gulf War in 1991), he schools a British journalist on the reality that most journalists for the big media are not the crusading types they think they are but don’t even realize how much they work within a very narrow range of views.
Chomsky can’t help but be amused when Marr brings up what he thinks are counterexamples of great journalistic coups only to have them shown to be minor compared to the real news that was being ignored, and thus makes Chomsky’s point.
The best part was this exchange:
Marr: “How can you know that I’m self-censoring?”
Chomsky: “I don’t think you’re self-censoring. I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying. But what I’m saying is if you believed something different, you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting.”
That is exactly right. This is why mainstream journalists are nonplussed and get angry when they are accused of being shills for the government and big business. They do not have the self-awareness to realize that if they had not totally internalized those attitudes over their careers, they would not have arrived at where they are.