Lesson: Propaganda does not require government sponsorship.
Update: The Anchoress makes the point that the MSM are bidding to become propagandists. Hey, everyone's NPR now! Here's how she puts it:
I personally believe that the press is going “all in” on Obama because they figure it’s the best way to shut down alternative media - which is killing them - and go back to being the only game in town. The only game in town, and completely beholden to the government. That’s scary as hell.Glenn Reynolds (and The Anchoress) points to Michael Malone's Editing their Way to Oblivion post. The quote I found most interesting was: "A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was “a writer”, because I couldn’t bring myself to admit to a stranger that I’m a journalist."