The U.S. mainstream media "sell lies on a daily basis", according to Niall Bradley, an editor and columnist in Paris.
Speaking to Press TV's U.S. Desk on Thursday, Bradley said that the CIA, since its creation in 1947, has had a grip on the American media, including its content and the people running it.
"Americans have by and large believed in the myth that they have the freest press in the world."
The recent significant drop in the number of audiences watching the corporate media in the U.S. may be a sign of the "demise of the propaganda military complex's grip on the American public's mind," Bradley said.
The latest figures in the United States show a major drop in America's mainstream news networks viewers.
CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC were all down from May 2011, but CNN was down much more than its rivals, falling 51 percent in total primetime viewers compared to 9 percent for top-rated Fox News and 19 percent for MSNBC.