Journalism is supposed to find and expose the truth, the corruption, and the wrongdoings. Instead, it seems it criticizes institutions that do.

Doesn’t it all seem like there’s something else going on?

It began as an observation. People from both sides seem to think there are shady things going on in the government.  First, there are the conspiracy theorists that think our nation and world is run by an elite group of super villains. In fact, 28% of voters think that the nation is run by a secret group of global elite, according to Public Policy Polling.

Let’s take a deeper look. Maybe there isn’t a secret group, maybe it’s just our Congressman. While the starting salary for a U.S. Representative is $174,000, the Center for Responsive Politics found that the median income for a congressman is $1 million. These days, when it costs an average $10 million to win a seat due to campaign costs, it’s not surprising that the wealthy may run the legislative branch. Not to mention many have been in Congress a majority of their lives because they don’t have term limits.

An oligarchy is an institution or government run by a small class of wealthy/dominant people. A study by Princeton and Northwestern concluded that the U.S. government operates in the interests of the wealthy and powerful, not the majority of citizens. The study “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” analyzed nearly 1,800 U.S. policies put in place between 1981 and 2002 to determine who was favored. “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” says the study.

Let’s be real: Fact checkers are rampant more so than in any other time in history. One may never know the full and complete truth simply due to the fact that there is too much information to be analyzed and the truth is different for each individual.

Image credit: The New Yorker