I will try to narrow down a long story in order to stick on the topics question.
Yesterday the majority of the Greek media reproduced a report, that Loukas Vyntra would transfer from Panathinaikos to Olympiakos on a free transfer. Because of the rivalry of the two teams, and because the player has a tendency to errors and is of questionable footballing ability, the media were strugglying to justify the transfer. "The player never provoked the opposing fans", "Olympiakos needed a player on that particular position", "His former team will pay their ex-player compensation to play in their rivals" etc etc. They tried to manipulate the public opinion, to accept the transfer. Note that I am not getting into detail if the justification is right or wrong. Keep going.
Today the transfer never happened, the player moved to a Spanish Primera division club.
However today the best selling newpaper, which is considered the most reliable on the whole market, reproduced an official statement from Olympiakos team. The statement described in detail the reasons why the team thought the transfer should happen. The reasons were IDENTICAL to what the vast majority of the media (television, radio, internet, blogs) were reporting the whole day yesterday as personal opinion of well known producers or journalists.
But here is the catch: There was no official statement from the football team. The newspaper had made a mistake, a blunder.
What most probably happened, is that the team, released a non-paper to the media, for them to reproduce in order to manipulate public opinion. The newspaper mistakenly thought it was an official statement.
Someone might wonder - whats the big deal? But it is. Imagine a Gun industry in the USA giving the media a document to reproduce in favour of guns and how important they are for Americans. Or imagine Tobacco companies guiding the media to reproduce that smoking is so cool!
The question is, at what magnitude are the media controlled in your country? What happened to unbiased journalism? What happened to the integrity of journalism? Or is it just my corrupted country?