Subtle or not the mainstream media has continued to play devils advocate when it comes to criticism of the NSA and its violations against the American people.
Fair & Accuracy in Reporting is noting that the mainstream Sunday talk shows seem to be dominated by NSA defenders, very rarely allowing NSA critics to even appear.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, nearly all of the time was taken up by some of the NSA’s biggest defenders, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers. David Gregory also had on Newt Gingrich and Harold Ford, who both more or less supported the NSA.
The only critic was a very brief appearance by Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, given very little time compared to everyone else. On CBS’s Face the Nation Rogers made another appearance, along with Obama advisor Tom Donilon who attacked Snowden.
Then there was former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell, who’s been towing the company line claiming that 9/11 could have been stopped with the use of metadata and some of the tactics used today, a claim that has been debunked time and time again. The only person interviewed who was critical of the NSA was Senator Marc Udall, who was, again, given much less time than the others.
Recent polling shows that the medias propaganda push has had little success in changing public opinion towards a pro-NSA view. In polls in June and July 2013, more approved of the NSA program than disapproved. Now, by 53%-40%, a majority disapprove of the NSA spying program.
There are voices of reason out there who have spoken out against the NSA program. The funny thing is those opinions are being given by comedy news programs like Real-Time With Bill Maher, & The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Good thing those shows are what people under 40 are watching for their news anyways.