Mainstream media

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The mainstream media (MSM), also humorously known by many of its very large number of vocal critics as the lamestream media, are the increasingly liberal media organs that censor the dissemination of news.

The common denominator of the "mainstream media" is their censoring or downplaying stories that would lead viewers to conservative conclusions, and their use of photo bias, placement bias and other forms of deception to mislead viewers into drawing incorrect liberal conclusions. The term mainstream media usually refers to how the majority of commercial-based or taxpayer-funded news reporting and commentary consist of liberal bias, while falsely pretending to be objective providers of information.

They [the media] are not becoming irrelevant, but they are getting to the point where they are worse than irrelevant,” and “They’re the scourge of the American people.

Andrew Breitbart[1]

Examples include:

  • Without any evidence of church attendance or Bible-reading by the defendant accused of murdering 92 people in Norway, the headline of the leading Australian newspaper declared, "Norway suspect 'fundamentalist Christian.'"[2] The headline appears to be based in part on a Facebook page that was likely not even authentic.

Fairness Doctrine

In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to revoke, and cancel their enforcement of the Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine mandated that if any opinion considered "controversial" were ever discussed on the public airwaves, the station over which that opinion aired was required to give equal time to any person wishing to reply. However, the FCC never set a standard about interpretations of current events that might be disputable, or even examined that issue.

With the revocation of the Fairness Doctrine, radio and television stations were now permitted to air any opinion or interpretation of the news, no matter how "controversial," without regard to the giving of "equal time."

On August 1, 1988, a new radio commentator named Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting in national syndication.

List of mainstream media organs

Protest sign expressing Tea Party Movement's attitude toward MSM

Significant mainstream media outlets include:


News Syndication Agencies


Some media consumers do not consider Fox News to be part of the "mainstream media" as Fox News frequently presents viewpoints that do not fall in line with other mainstream outlets. For example, in 2007, the Democratic presidential candidates declared that they would not appear in debates hosted by Fox News, but they did appear on other MSM news outlets.

However, ratings indicate that because of its massive popularity, Fox News could be considered to be part of the mainstream media by definition. According to ratings organization Nielsen:

  • Fox News has the 10 most viewed cable TV news shows (as of Dec 2009).
  • Fox News mean prime-time viewing figures are triple that of MSNBC, and double that of CNN, and exceed the total ratings of CNN, MSNBC and CNBC combined.
  • "In 2006, more than half the people watching cable news were watching Fox News" [4]
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In 2006 ran an article by columnist R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. entitled "Tyrell: Goodbye MSM... and good riddance!" [5] Examining the relationship between the alternative press and the MSM, Tyrell writes:

So we hear this week that President George W. Bush is taking delight in the spread of the "alternative press" (read conservatives on the Internet, in talk radio, in print, and at Fox) and the gentle detumescence of "mainstream media" (read liberal media, or more precisely, Democratic media). Well I join him in his satisfaction.

'Alternative Media'

Differing opinions also exist over the definition of a similar term - Alternative Media. Although some consider, for example, Rush Limbaugh's launch to be the birth of 'alternative media', so too do the left consider publications like The Nation to be 'alternative media.'[6] In fact, many would view the Village Voice group to be the most widely published 'alternative media' outlet in the United States.

By whatever definition, most media watchers would classify as "alternative media" any media organ that is primarily hosted on the Internet rather than printed and delivered or mailed to subscribers. The alternative media is not exclusively conservative. It includes liberal organs as well. Some writers on these organs have suggested that the mainstream media has a conservative bias--by which they actually mean that mainstream-media organs are not as revolutionary, or as radical, in their thinking as are the writers themselves.[7][8][9]

At least one MSM organ, CBS News, attempted in 2006[10] to describe what a particular alternative-media segment (i.e., blogs) thinks of the MSM:

They don't believe that you are unbiased, objective, fair a lot of times. And so what they want is they want to read a lot of different sources themselves. because they don't trust the mainstream media..that would be [you].

It is worth noting that liberal blog activity on the internet is declining after the election of Barack Hussein Obama [11]. This shows that the distaste for bias in the liberal MSM is spreading to the alternative media.

See also

External links


  1. Tea Party Must Stand Up to Liberal Smear Tactics, Conservative Activist Says, CNSNews, September 14, 2010
  3. The inclusion of The Wall Street Journal might strike some media observers as strange, until one remembers that, though its editorial board is conservative on most issues (except for immigration), its city room is definitely liberal in orientation and coverage of the news.
  4. Authors unknown. "The State of the News Media 2007." Project for Excellence in Journalism, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
  5. Tyrell, R. Emmet. "Goodbye MSM... and good riddance!" Creators' Syndicate, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2007, from CNN.
  6. Albert, Michael. "Alternative Media: What Makes Alternative Media Alternative?" Z Magazine. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
  7. Dreier, Peter. "For a Brief Moment, The Media Rediscover Poverty.", July 26, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
  8. O'Connor, Rory. "The Future of Citizen Journalism., July 3, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
  9. Rampton, Sheldon. "Has the Internet Changed the Propaganda Model?", June 22, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
  10. Pogue, David. "[ Brave New Blogging World: David Pogue Ventures Into The Blogosphere].", July 9, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2007.