Although many people consider journalism in the U.S. to be largely a bad joke, this joke has some very unfunny consequences.

The news industry, in its eagerness to curry favor with its government news sources, has lately been publishing many stories purporting to warn readers of the hidden dangers of using of guns, vitamin supplements etc. Seldom, if ever, do the so-called “journalists” who write these stories never ask penetrating questions of their sources, nor do they do any independent analysis of the information they receive. In effect, the journalists are acting as passive channels for whatever hidden agendas their government sources may be promoting.