United States Media Profile

Last updated on November 20th, 2021 at 12:38 pm

United States Government and Media


Government Type: Constitutional Federal Republic
Leader: President Joe Biden
Political Party: Democratic
Political Position: Center-Left


World Press Freedom Rank: USA 44/180

According to Reporters without Borders, “Despite Improvements, Troubling Vital Signs For Press Freedom Persist. The first 100 days of Joseph R. Biden’s presidency saw healthy improvements to government accountability and transparency. While the most obvious symptoms of an ailing democracy may have cleared up, many chronic, underlying conditions — from the disappearance of local news to the ongoing and widespread distrust of mainstream media — remain. In fact, the situation worsened considerably during President Donald J. Trump’s final year in-office, which saw nearly 400 journalists assaulted and more than 130 detained — unprecedented numbers according to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.”

Government Influence on Media: The Government does not subsidize media in the United States except for National Public Radio, PBS stations, and Voice of America. In general, the Government has minimal direct control over the press. However, 90% of the USA’s media is controlled by 6 corporations, which causes a lack of diversity in ownership and creates very strong Pro-Corporate Bias. In turn, these corporations may receive financial incentives from the Government, such as tax breaks that may influence their direction. Finally, due to fear of harassment, journalists may indirectly self-censor reporting against the government.

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