In the CorpoRat State, ALL corporate media are State Media; that is: instruments of State propaganda...They will only accidentally reveal the 'truth' of any event upon which the "report."
So it is no surprise that USer media are much gentler, m ore circumspect, in the deployment of provocative terms--"torture," "waterboarding," "illegal war"-- when they are describing the workings of the USer murder machine than when it describes "our" antagonists' deeds.
Glenn Greenwald, via Salon:
A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials. This new study examines how waterboarding has been discussed by America's four largest newspapers over the past 100 years, and finds that the technique, almost invariably, was unequivocally referred to as "torture" -- until the U.S. Government began openly using it and insisting that it was not torture, at which time these newspapers obediently ceased describing it that way: