We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Sometimes it is a Fourth Estate
For a novelistic treatment of the problem discussed by Alfredo Torre (see previous note, below), but in Mexico, nothing more apt than La muerte de Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes. In this case it's the newspaper owner doing the corrupting, but the whole system is rotten.