The mass media of the United States are a part of the! national power structure and they therefore reflect its biases and mobilize popular opinion to serve its interests. This is not yaccomplished by any conspiratorial plotting or explicit censorship—it is built into the structure of the system, and flows naturally and easily from the assorted ownership, sponsor, governmental and other interest group pressures that set limits within which media personnel can operate, and from the nature of the sources on which the media depend for their steady flow of news. As we have seen, these interest groups find the National Security State (NSS) good, and this preference underlies U.S. sponsorship and support of this terror network. We would therefore expect the mass media to treat the NSS kindly and deflect attention from its abuses. Any other route would be very surprising as the "national interest" itself has long been defined by the very forces that cause the country to support the NSS.
If we examine the larger patterns of selection by the mass media, one of its most notable characteristics is stress on "enemy" misbehavior and problems and a corresponding deemphasis of