There were imbedded journalists who censored the facts, writing straight from the Pentagon's run sheet.
The US is bombarded with 24 hour channels of raves, rants and indoctrination.
From Fox's Bill O'Reilly to the hyperventilating Alex Jones and his Infowars inanities...it's news that simply isn't news.
When '60 Minutes' reporter Steve Croft asked the US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, “What do you say to people who think this is about oil?
” Rumsfeld deflected: “There certain things like that, myths that are floating around. It has nothing to do with oil, literally nothing to do with oil.” End of story - no further questions? Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan had a totally different, and infinitely more realistic appraisal, "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." That didn't arrive via a media headline.
It's starting to make sense that invading countries like Libya are more about oil grabs and currency protection, than saving or bettering the lives of the ordinary Libyan.
Or that the Syrian civil war was fuelled by outside players and rich pipeline deals more than internal insurrection.
And when the freedom of the press is so compromised, so is the entire nation.
Over the last three years, as independent Uranus in single minded Aries has squared Pluto, alternative news sources have expanded through the electronic Internet.
T Barnum and the compliant media looked like sideshow alley.
Americans were fast discovering more believable alternative sources such Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, or the revelations of Edward Snowden.
Speaking at Stanford University he admitted, "Of course it's about oil; we can't really deny that." But they constantly had.