There are stories that have enormous consequences on the lives of Americans but are regularly under-reported or misrepresented by the mainstream media.
Project Censored, the US media watchdog group, has released their annual report examining the shortcomings of reporting in 2012.
Amongst the key topics: the rising police state and the erosion of civil liberties, climate change and the destruction of oceans, and the rising disparity between the one percent and the 99 percent.
Project Censored argues that the lack of proper reporting on issues like these by the corporate media is leading to an erosion of democracy.
So what were the key stories ignored by the US mainstream media in 2012?
To discuss this, Inside Story Americas, is joined by guests: Mickey Huff, the director of Project Censored, and Greg Mitchell, a media analyst for The Nation magazine and author of the book: Tricks, Lies, and Videotape.