One which is influenced and steered by pressures from a government which itself is corrupt. Doesn't sound too unfamiliar today, does it? Anyway, it is to help me translate a German word "die Systempresse".

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    In German, possibly "Fuchs."
    – deadrat
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 8:52
  • Thanks, but I'm after an English word.
    – Sr0r
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 8:59
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    It's a joke. "Fuchs" means Fox.
    – deadrat
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 9:10
  • +1 @deadrat - good one, yes, 'fu__s' is the epitome of "a compromised media/news outlet"
    – user98990
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 17:21

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There are a number of ways to express this in English, although with different nuances of meaning. Here are some suggestions:

  • biased
  • not having a neutral point of view
  • partisan (or even "partisan hack")
  • state-controlled media
  • propaganda

A government-influenced media outlet is often described as a mouthpiece of that government.

For example, the channel Russia Today is often accused of being a mouthpiece for the Russian parliament, the Kremlin.

As in this Washington Post article:

".... expected it to serve as a Kremlin mouthpiece"

EDIT: In researching the above I was reminded of another term which fits your requirements well: organ.

I think this word works well because it does also carry a hint of meaning that the government itself is corrupt, as well as the media organisation.

It is used to good effect in the title of this Business Insider article:

Here's How The Kremlin's English-Language Propaganda Organs Are Spinning Russia's Incursion Into Ukraine


Gaged press

Not neutral press

Influenced press

Propadanda rag of a corrupt government

Gleichgeschaltete Presse - Forced into line press - synchronized press

Regierungs Sprechorgan - Governmental organ of speach

Government propaganda machinerie

Mrs Merkel's (Obama's etc) handpuppet

Politieker Federn in den Arsch und Journalisten Honig um den Mund schmiere Puppe - Seibert (that one is rather difficult to translate)

Marionetten Presse - Puppet Press

Corrupt government propaganda organ - seems like the most correct translation tome

  • Puppet press seems best for my purposes, thank you for these ideas!
    – Sr0r
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 12:05

"Propaganda Mill" could be used to describe various media outlets - although, it is most precisely used to refer to the government's own deceptive releases.

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