"The majority of Americans get their news and information about what is going on with their government from entities that are licensed by and subject to punishment at the hands of that very government." - Neal Boortz
The common denominator of the "mainstream media" is their censoring or downplaying stories that would lead viewers to conservative or libertarian 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.
- 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.'" The headline appears to be based in part on a Facebook page that was likely not even authentic.
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
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post
- The Boston Globe
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- The Los Angeles Times
- The San Francisco Chronicle
- USA Today
- The Wall Street Journal
- All major, standard-newspaper-format dailies that have existed since before the Fairness Doctrine repeal.
News Syndication Agencies
- National Public Radio
- Public Broadcasting Service
- The Cable News Network
- Fox News (see below).
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" 
In 2006 CNN.com ran an article by columnist R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. entitled "Tyrell: Goodbye MSM... and good riddance!"  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.
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.' 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.
At least one MSM organ, CBS News, attempted in 2006 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 declined after the election of Barack Hussein Obama , and continued to decline after his reelection. This shows that the distaste for bias in the liberal MSM is spreading to the alternative media.
The Mainstream Media's Blatant Anti-Preparedness Bias
"It seems that any time that there is a crime that involves someone who lives outside of city limits and that owns guns or that lives with any degree of self-sufficiency, then they are immediately branded as a "survivalist." This label gets slapped on regardless of whether or not the perpetrator has had any training or inclinations toward survivalism. The outlaw Claude Dallas (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0070386900) was a prime example. Dallas was an eccentric 19th Century anachronist rather than a survivalist. But the mainstream media uses the label "survivalist", almost by default any time that a criminal flees into a National Forest, if he ever had so much as weekend Boy Scout training or watched re-runs of Survivor Man."
"SurvivalBlog reader Tim J. recently sent me this article: Mystery mountain man to Utah cabin owner: Get off my mountain. Take a few minutes to read that article (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/17/mystery-mountain-man-to-utah-cabin-owner-get-off-my-mountain/). This is just the latest example of the media misusing the term "survivalist." By definition, a survivalist is someone who trains and prepare tools and supplies in advance for self-sufficiency to overcome disasters. But backwoods burglars have to steal because they aren't properly prepared and because they lack genuine self-sufficiency skills. They aren't true survivalists. An early example of this media sensationalism was the case of Bill Moreland (http://www.summitpost.org/mallard-larkins-pioneer-area/288752), the so-called "Wildman" or "Ridge Runner" of the Clearwater National Forest. (Moreland's criminal exploits were detailed in the book Calked Boots and Other Northwest Writings (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0930344006) by Bert Russell.) Then of course there was Eric Rudolph (http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jun/01/nation/na-rudolph1), who was also mislabeled as a survivalist. If he had been a real survivalist, then he wouldn't have to be scrounging in grocery store dumpsters -- which reportedly is how Rudolph got spotted and arrested. (Although some claim that he was lingering behind a supermarket awaiting a scheduled pick up by one of his supporters.)
Movies like The Survivors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPyhmwjH7II&feature=related), Blast From the Past (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0780626494), and Phase 7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0OURCVRGYQ) do more than just poke fun at survivalists. They either subtly or overtly make any anyone that prepares for disasters look mentally imbalanced. The latest example is the upcoming film The Divide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpili1CcVDc) starring Michael Biehn. Judging from the film's brief trailer, it casts the survivalist (Biehn) to be, like Sarah Connor, a "Grade A Whackamo" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJFr1GoTys).
Some people in the preparedness movement now consider the term survivalist so tainted that they have exclusively adopted the term prepper. There are even those that try to distinguish between two camps: the survivalists and the preppers. That is absurd. Anyone that says: "Oh no, don't call me a survivalist, I'm a prepper!" is essentially conceding defeat to the anti-preparedness bias of the media.
I am not ashamed to call myself a survivalist. The statist mass media -- in liberal newspapers, liberal magazines, and liberal television -- has consistently done their best to castigate and trivialize survivalists, because we don't match their Big City-centric and government dependent world view. They try to make us look like we are living in a fantasy land. But the truth is that it is they that are deluded, thinking that big government is their all-capable savior and that disaster won't affect them personally. They are so deeply submerged in normalcy bias that they see disaster preparedness as paranoia. I pity them."
- Liberal media
- Advocacy journalism
- Journalistic malpractice
- Deaths directly attributed to the liberal media
- Alternative media
- Media Bias Basics.
- Media Bias Is Real-Finds UCLA Political Scientist.
- Bias Alert.
- Who Controls the Media?
- Ownership Chart: The Big Six.
- Media Lies on Libya Ongoing.
- Stephen Lendman talks about Libya and Media. Stephen Lendman
- Tea Party Must Stand Up to Liberal Smear Tactics, Conservative Activist Says, CNSNews, September 14, 2010
- Norway suspect 'fundamentalist Christian'
- Liberal media distort the gun control debate; loaded language misleads the public - Emily Miller, Washington Times
- 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.
- Authors unknown. "The State of the News Media 2007." Project for Excellence in Journalism, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- Tyrell, R. EmmetAnders Behring Breivik. "Goodbye MSM... and good riddance!" Creators' Syndicate, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2007, from CNN.
- Albert, Michael. "Alternative Media: What Makes Alternative Media Alternative?" Z Magazine. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- Dreier, Peter. "For a Brief Moment, The Media Rediscover Poverty." AlterNet.org, July 26, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- O'Connor, Rory. "The Future of Citizen Journalism. AlterNet.org, July 3, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- Rampton, Sheldon. "Has the Internet Changed the Propaganda Model?" AlterNet.org, June 22, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- Pogue, David. "[http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/09/sunday/main1786520.shtml?source=search_story Brave New Blogging World: David Pogue Ventures Into The Blogosphere]." CBSNews.com, July 9, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- http://www.survivalblog.com/2012/02/the-mainstream-medias-blatant-anti-preparedness-bias.html, 536 word quotation: Fair Use Source: Rawles, James Wesley. American Redoubt: SurvivalBlog, February 2012. Online. Accessed April 2, 2014. See James Wesley Rawles on Fair Use