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The Cable News Network started out as an innovative and serious 24-hour news reporting channel that included real investigative reporting. However, even this was not impervious to ratings and corporate pressure and by the time of the Gulf War, according to a former member of CNN, its editors and reporters were consciously squashing stories on the assumption that they were patriots first, reporters second. By the time of the destruction of the World Trade Center, CNN had gotten the corporate branding side of things down to a tee, complete with a marquee that started out as America Under Attack, now America's New War. Pentagon reports are taken at face value and former Defense Department personnel's words are taken as gospel, with any shred of independent reporting gone. It is the media's evolved responsibility to inform the citizenry of government actions so that the citizenry can make informed choices.