Role of Media
Return to Common Sense
January 17, 2013
Section: Culture – Media
“The Mainstream Media has revealed itself as politically biased with a leftist, anti-American agenda, so exploit emerging alternative media to replace this subjective information distribution channel as a trusted source.”
“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” Mark Twain
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Media is known as the “fourth estate”, a powerful force outside of government.
- Spiro Agnew called media “nattering nabobs of negativism” and “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”
- Rush Limbaugh labeled the media as “drive-by media” based on “scatter fire” publishing with no regard to impact.
Mainstream media (MSM) is composed of traditional, large city media outlets.
- Newspapers: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times.
- Magazines: Time, Newsweek.
- Television: ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC.
- Think Tanks: Rockefeller and Ford Foundations.
- All MSM has experienced declining market share.
- Market served is primarily: Northeast, inside the Capitol beltway, and the Left (west) coast.
- Liberal blogs, like Kos and MoveOn, tend to be composed of the radical fringe element.
- Independent Media Center (a.k.a. Indymedia) is an Internet-based, news and events bulletin board with more than 150 individual and autonomous centers scattered around the globe.
- Media attempts for a liberal network alternative such as Air America and Pacifica Radio Network have not been financially viable.
Social media has emerged as an alternative source of news, particularly for younger voters.
- Voter trust in political information from Facebook, Twitter and other social media services is now on par with that in traditional news sources.
- Two-thirds of voters reported that political information on social media was either higher quality or on par with traditional media outlets.
o 71% of younger users putting the same or greater level of trust in content.
o 36% of older voters calling it less reliable than traditional news sources.
- Campaigns are beginning to exploit social media as primary fundraising mechanism.
Mainstream Media includes “public” broadcasting partially subsidized by the US government.
- Congress awarded the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) $533.3 million in fiscal year 2010.
- $420 million was distributed to public radio and television stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
- The CPB was created by the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which has been amended over the years.
- Taxpayer money for the CPB is allocated through the Department of Commerce.
In 2010 television remains the main source of national and international news for most Americans, according to Pew Research.
· 66% of people get most of their news from television.
· 41% of people count on the internet for their news.
o The trend toward the internet is particularly marked among 18-29 year olds.
· 31% depends on their newspapers.
o Given the last few years of bleak stories about the print media, their value as a source has dropped.
· 16% depend on radio as their news service.
· Figures add up to more than 100% because respondents could volunteer up to two main sources.
Mainstream Media masquerades opinion as news.
- News selection/de-selection based on partisan agenda.
o There are numerous examples of the entire MSM using identical political talking points.
- Overwhelming percentage of news people are self described liberals.
o News media professionals are overwhelmingly liberal on social, ethical, and political issues.
o News media professionals identify themselves overwhelmingly as Democrats.
o The same ratios are evident when news people rate themselves on the left-to-right spectrum.
o Members of the news media have supported Democrat or liberal/Left candidates and causes, both at the ballot box and with their checkbooks.
- Traditional adversarial journalism has morphed into overt, unrelenting hostility and personal animosity towards any non liberals.
- “All bad news, all the time” is an opinion.
- Reporters have been found to be manipulated by their sources to drive an agenda.
- Use of the term “expert” has morphed into anyone the MSM deems their opinion acceptable.
- The MSM has even manufactured evidence (“Rather-gate”) to support their preconceived conclusions.
Mainstream Media tailors war coverage to support partisan opinion of that war.
- Vietnam Tet media opinion of disaster was repeated so often, yet despite facts refuting opinion, media perception replaced the war reality.
- MSM antiwar agenda is proven by the overwhelmingly biased coverage of the war.
o New York Times theater critic, Frank Rich, has continued defeatist drumbeat beginning six months before Iraq War.
o MSM coverage of the War in Iraq deteriorated as the war progressed from 51% negative to 94% negative between 2003 and 2006.
o MSM filters out good news (uninformed) and emphasizes any bad news (misinformed).
o MSM is quick to publish accusations against Americans, but frequently discovers them false.
§ Experienced veterans are given headlines until they are uncovered as “phony soldiers.”
o Despite almost 100% of terrorist attacks were perpetuated by Muslims, any reference to this fact is branded as racist or bigoted.
o A recent Harvard study has shown a direct “emboldenment effect” on insurgents after media criticism about the war or polling about public opinion on the conflict.
· Once it became clear that the Iraq surge was working, coverage switched to anti-military.
o Recruitment and retention statistics are misrepresented to indicate dissatisfaction.
o Ex soldiers are portrayed as ticking time bombs due to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Mainstream Media opinion “push” polls are conducted to manufacture news.
- Survey questions skew the results to fit pre-conceived answers.
- Orchestrated stories are stage managed, then pre-written despite the actual facts.
- Survey results that don’t fit pre-conceived answers are omitted.
- “Polloganda” masquerades as “objective journalism” but designed to advance liberal bias.
- Surveys are conducted more often to support trending and instant analysis.
The “Big Lie” is a Marxist strategy adopted by the MSM to sell unsubstantiated propaganda.
- Outrageous, unsupported lies are postulated as true by one media source.
- Inconvenient and contradictory facts are ignored or discarded since they do not support.
- Multiple other mainstream media outlets then run the same story without any new substantiation.
- Truth is asserted based on volume of stories by the incestuous MSM.
- The only way to cancel a “Big Lie” strategy is to counter with facts with equal volume.
Mainstream Media liberal bias also exists outside the U.S.
- Newspapers: UK Telegraph and Guardian are notoriously biased.
- Television: BBC and Reuters are leftist oriented.
o American news in Italy is mainly provided by the BBC and CNN International.
o BBC own controller of editorial policy found the real perception of ‘bias of omission.”
- Al Jazeera (1996) is a Qatar based media outlet for Arab propaganda stories.
- Western Europe leftist media hates America, while the people generally admire the United States.
- The further south in Latin America, the greater anti-American bias is perpetuated.
- Foreign press displays a leftist bias, reinforcing liberal (socialist) ideas and politicians.
Mass media is experiencing a number of conflicting industry trends:
- The blurring of the lines between journalism and entertainment.
- The blurring of lines between news and journalism.
- The blending of news and advertising, sponsorships or commercial relationships.
- The problems and pitfalls inherent in pack journalism.
- The issue of conflict and context.
- The exaggerated tendency toward pessimism.
- The growing media fascination with the bizarre, the perverse and the pathological – John Mark Karr journalism.
- Social orthodoxy, or political correctness.
- The media’s short attention span.
- The matter of power.
Mainstream Media has exercised the liberal activism playbook.
- Seek power
- Identify those who can stop you from getting power.
- Find their strengths.
- Convince people that their strengths are really your strengths.
- Attack them by twisting what they said and stand for.
- Slam them
- Slam them again,
- Get personal
- Slam them some more.
- Shout louder if no one is listening.
- Don’t give up until you wear the opposition down enough that you win by default.
There are rules about how a Party controlled press works:
- The press is part of the Party establishment, not an independent or adversarial entity. The press does not think of itself as a prisoner of the Party, resentfully forced to abandon objectivity in favor of propaganda. Rather, it sees itself as fulfilling a critically important role in supporting and expanding Party rule. Writers are not journalists in the classic Western sense, but are political activists or functionaries.
- The Party decides what is news, what is not, what will be reported, and what will not. The press is used to convey Party positions, and politically correct thinking, to the population. Grass-roots activists read, heed, and promote everything carried in the press. The general populace barely reads it, but has no other source of information or worldview, so tends to passively accept the press's messages.
- Articles must carry the interpretation of events that the Party wishes to convey, without regard to objective accuracy. The press evinces utter certainty of the wisdom and correctness of the Party's motivations, worldview, and policies; no differentiation - much less opposition - is allowed.
- From time to time, the Party uses the press to agitate the populace in a motivational campaign, aimed either at accomplishing a major goal (such as the Great Leap Forward), or criticizing a domestic Party opponent or a foreign country.
- The Party's leading individuals always receive deference, reverence, approval, even adulation. No criticism or adverse reflections on Party leaders are allowed. Senior Party figures have unrestricted access to press coverage. Investigative journalism is rare, and unthinkable if directed against Party organizations, leaders, programs, or policies.
- Individuals opposed to Party rule are selected as targets of disapproval, usually to the point of demonization. Criticism usually extends to allegations of personal corruption, wickedness, or barbarism. Terms used to vilify Party opponents are formulaic, seeming to draw from a lexicon developed for the purpose; there is little if any verbal creativity in criticism of Party-designated targets. Critics or independent thinkers who are not demonized become non-persons, ignored in all articles related to their areas of expertise or attention.
- Fabrication of events, quotations - even people - is permitted in furtherance of Party objectives. Historical facts, or previous Party positions, may be omitted or reshaped to fit current political requirements. The press will report no past error by the Party or its leaders, except when a leader or faction has fallen afoul of the current ruling Party group - then reporting takes the form of demonization.
- National security topics are viewed exclusively through the prism of Party interest. Threats will be ignored if the Party is not worried about them, or if in some way they reflect badly on the Party's performance in foreign affairs. Conversely, bogus threats will be touted if doing so is in the Party's interest.
- Independent media outlets are either forbidden, or permitted only if they address topics of no political impact.
- Hate crimes laws may be used as a back door method to stifle free speech in this country.
Unseen anti-government forces are known as a “fifth column.”
- Liberal media is the party standing in opposition to the Republicans
- 527 Media are the political activists and the source of attack ads.
- Claims to represent mainstream are dis-proven by demographic comparisons of media to public.
o 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another.
o 64% who detected bias in the media said the media leans left, while 28% see right leaning.
o 97% of republicans said the media is liberal and two thirds of independents feel the same.
- Once exposed as media driven partisanship, the American public reacts in anger and voting preference.
A politically correct and liberal-biased media industry that engages in censorship is the real reason for the industry’s woes and decline.
- Many so-called “mainstream” newspapers are biased in favor of political liberalism, thus driving those who want a more complete reporting of the news to the internet.
- Citizen journalism, blogging and news sites both left and right are flourishing online, with online news audience soaring.
- The real crisis is in trust, because Americans don’t trust the newspapers since the premise that they are unbiased has been so totally discredited by recent scandals and blatant censorship.
- However part of the success of these alternative mediums of communication is that they have not been dominated by the political left.
o AM radio has had a renaissance since the late 1980s precisely because it allowed for more diversity of voices, and conservatives were able to build an audience.
o Cable news is dominated by Fox News because they allow right-of-center voices on the air together with the usual liberal voices to create a more vigorous discussion.
- Obama has stage managed his news conferences, only selecting questions from politically friendly reporters.
The Entertainment industry is also led by liberals and is promoting a liberal agenda.
- Hollywood movies frequently promote liberal issues, even when financially they do not achieve objectives.
o Hollywood continues to produce money losing anti-war movies, rather than profitable patriotic military films.
o A G.I. Film Festival was scheduled in response to a L.A. Times column by Joel Stein proclaiming “I don’t support the troops.”
- American Film Renaissance has created a conservative alternative to the Academy Awards.
- Music artists have found political lyrics don’t sell, but achieves critical acclaim by their liberal leadership.
Alternative media has grown to fill the news reporting void and is composed of non traditional sources.
- Newspapers: New York Post, Washington Times.
- Magazines: National Review, Human Events.
- Television: Fox News.
- Think Tanks: Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute.
- Alternative media has a rapidly growing share.
- Market served is mainstream Americans outside of the beltway or the coasts.
- Internet blogs frequently catch MSM inaccuracies and mistruths.
- Freedom’s Watch has emerged to counteract disinformation in the MSM.
- Swift Boat Veterans was a grassroots veteran organization that refuted John Kerry Vietnam claims, that was only picked up by the alternative media.
o The Swift Vets provided compelling evidence to support their charges revealing self-glorifying politician’s exaggerations and fabrications and was never dis-proven.
Fair and balanced should be the media standard.
- Factual news is reported as factual news.
- Both good and bad news is reported.
- Opinion is clearly identified as editorial opinion.
1. The highest level would be a complete and absolute comprehension of the reality of any object which would require an absolute comprehension of the universe.
2. The sum total of all the observations and experience that we acquire in the course of our lives, which is subjective by each observer. We often pool our observations into a collective truth by literature, media, and personal communication.
3. This level is fed by observations distorted by inadvertent human error, such as misperception, acceptance of fallacies, faulty transcription, fallibility of memory, and the practical impossibility of completely studying and digesting any topic. These frailties hinder our efforts to collectively pool our perceptions and is prone to errors in communication and mutual misunderstanding.
4. The next lower level attempts to organize and digest our share of truth into a concise summary, which scientists and sociologists like to call a "theory" or "law of nature." And here we come to a paradox. We tend to think of a these theories as somehow superior to the raw information as a distillation of that data into something nobler and closer to absolute truth. The fact that a theory is "elegant" or "neat" is irrelevant, but preferable. The only real value of a theory is its ability to predict the results of future observations, and sooner or later, it fails to do so and must be replaced with something that more closely conforms to the available data.
5. The next level is truth based on supposition, due to the natural human tendency to laziness and haste, often exacerbated by shortages of funding and the pressure of deadlines. This is usually combined with failing to verify sources or search for contrary evidence.
6. The next level is the partial blindness induced by prejudice, obsession, ideology, or self-interest. We become vulnerable to this dishonesty by avoiding sources that hold views contrary to our own. The culpability of this level is obscure and best left unjudged.
7. At some point, we cross the border of honesty into the deliberate omission of facts that contradict one's viewpoint. They are dismissed as "irrelevant," "insignificant," or "not news."
8. The next level is the calculated verbal distortion of the truth by what rhetoricians call "persuasion." This includes the use of elements of bias such as verbal coloring, informal fallacies such as red herrings and false comparisons, and the techniques for emotional button-pushing and misrepresenting facts.
9. Finally, we reach the lowest level of truth: deliberate falsification of data and the fabrication of lies. Here, all pretense of truth-telling has been thrown aside, and the perpetrator knows perfectly well that he is lying. This frees him to exercise his ingenuity by creating elaborate fabrications. This level liar may even try to justify himself by the assertion that he is lying for a good cause.
Walter Williams (University of Missouri) Journalist Creed:
- "I believe in the profession of Journalism".
- "I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust."
- "I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism".
- "I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true. I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible".
- "I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one's own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another's instructions or another's dividends."
- "I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service".
- "I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today's world".
Government must ensure free speech with a free market of ideas in all forms of media.
- Discontinue funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CFB) and subsidizing PBS and NPR.
- Prevent reinstatement of “Fairness Doctrine” as technologically unneeded and obsolete.
- Halt “Net Neutrality” proceedings as attempt by FCC to regulate broadband internet.
All Media outlets should be publicly rated and ranked by objectivity and treated accordingly.
- Openly reward objective print and broadcast media outlets with exclusive background and interviews.
- Rate and rank agenda driven film and music.
o Openly reward objective film and music media outlets with exclusive background and technical support.
- Prosecute media that disseminates information which gives aid and comfort to our countries’ enemies, like any other treasonous lawbreaker.
Republicans must learn to use the alternative media to compete head to head with the liberal MSM.
- Provide exclusive stories and interviews through alternative media as preferred outlet.
o Stop pre-releasing speeches and press releases to adversarial media sources.
o Treat MSM journalists as a hostile audience, revealing their partisan agendas.
o Exploit alternative media to counter MSM “Big Lies” repetition and volume.
- Include social media services as alternative channel for younger voters.
- Exploit blogs as valid alternative information distribution channel.
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“Confessions of a BBC liberal” by Antony Jay dated August 12, 2007 published by Times Online at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2240427.ece .
“For the Candidates, Not Just Any Brand of Soapbox Will Do” by Howard Kurtz dated August 13, 2007 published by Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/12/AR2007081201201.html .
“It’s Not Just Scott Beauchamp (II)” by Randall Hoven dated August 20, 2007 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/08/scott_beauchamp_is_not_alone_i.html .
“The Media Mob” by James Lewis dated August 21, 2007 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/08/the_media_mob_1.html .
“The Fairness Doctrine: A Brief History and Perspective” by Stuart Epperson dated August 23, 2007 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/StuartEpperson/2007/08/23/the_fairness_doctrine_a_brief_history_and__perspective .
“Freedom’s Watch to Rival MoveOn Funding” by Ronald Kessler dated August 23, 2007 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/washington_insider_with_ronald_kessler/freedom_watch_ads/2007/08/23/26832.html .
“Who’s Afraid of Big, Bad Fox News?” by Gary Bauer dated September 7, 2007 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22270 .
“Big Media Welfare” by William Wilson dated September 18, 2007 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/WilliamWilson/2007/09/18/big_media_welfare .
“Study finds new strain of e-activism” by Mike Allen dated September 19, 2007 published by The Politico at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0907/5903.html .
“Prepping the Media Battlefield: Part 2” by Jed Babbin dated September 24, 2007 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22528 .
“Sinking in the Rising Tide” by Jerry Bowyer dated September 26, 2007 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22537 .
“Experts Surprised” by Phillip Ellis Jackson dated October 4, 2007 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/10/04/experts-surprised/ .
“Take a Shot at Chris” by Jed Babbin dated October 8, 2007 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22734 .
“Media Dishonesty Matters” by Randall Hoven dated October 8, 2007 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/10/media_dishonesty_matters.html .
“Rush Limbaugh, Vindicated” by Brent Bozell III dated October 10, 2007 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/BrentBozellIII/2007/10/10/rush_limbaugh,_vindicated .
“Anything Saul Can Do Rush can Do Better” by J.J. Jackson dated October 27, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/20736 .
“Not the News” by Clifford D. May dated November 1, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjlkMzA1YWY0ZGUxMmVmNmZiNGU4ZWRjOWI3NTU5MjM= .
“Fairness Doctrine” by Charles J. Sykes dated November 5, 2007 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/11/fairness_doctrine.html .
“Top 10 Most Outrageous Liberal Media Quotes from the Last 20 Years” dated November 6, 2007 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=23251 .
“Cable Channel Nods to Ratings and Leans Left” by Jacques Steinberg dated November 6, 2007 published by New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/business/media/06msnb.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin .
“The Fall of American Press?” by George Shadroui dated November 8, 2007 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/11/08/the-fall-of-the-american-press/ .
“Is Media Bias An Established Fact Now That Even Harvard Sees It?” Dated November 9, 2007 published by Investors Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=279503526320834 .
“The New Face of Al Jazeera” by Kristen Gillespie dated November 9, 2007 published by The Nation at http://www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20071126&s=gillespie .
“Newspapers Are Guardians of Truth, so say ‘Journalists’” by Warner Todd Huston dated November 23, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/21030 .
“The Media, Their Polls, and the False News They Produce” by Seton Motley dated November 27, 2007 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=23618 .
“The World Doesn’t Hate America, The Left Does” by Dennis Prager dated November 27, 2007 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2007/11/27/the_world_doesnt_hate_america,_the_left_does .
“Anti-Americanism in Latin America – or lack thereof?” by Ari Kaufman dated November 28, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2007/11/27/the_world_doesnt_hate_america,_the_left_does .
“Why Is There No Honest Discourse About Terrorist’s Roots?” by Frank Salvato dated December 14, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/21263 .
“Al Jazeera Goes Mainstream” by Ned Lamont dated December 14, 2007 published by The Nation at http://www.thenation.com/doc/20071231/lamont .
“European Press and the Presidential Election” by Soeren Kern dated January 29, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/01/european_press_and_the_preside.html .
“Whose Side Are They On?” by Alan Fraser dated February 8, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/02/whose_side_are_they_on.html .
“McCain at War with the New York Times” by Jed Babbin dated February 22, 2008 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25140 .
“Swiftboating the Swiftboaters” by Mark Hemingway dated February 22, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZTJiODY2MzViODZiZmQxMGVhNDdhOGFlMjM5NTFjM2Q= .
“Political Talk TV has Made Itself Irrelevant” by Pat Sajak dated March 7, 2008 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25384 .
“The Lost Art of War” by Andrew Klaven dated Winter 2008 published by City Journal at http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_1_urb-war.html .
“Negative U.S. media linked to increased insurgent attacks” by Shawn Waterman dated March 24, 2008 published by Washington Times at http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080324/FOREIGN/259963993/1001 .
“Press Creed Kicked Under the Bus” by Linda Cowan dated July 30, 2008 published by The Conservative Voice at http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/33552.html .
“’Swiftboating,’ Media Myths and the 2004 Campaign” by Scott Swet dated August 21, 2008 published by Accuracy in Media at http://www.aim.org/aim-column/swiftboating-media-myths-and-the-2004-campaign/ .
“Exactly How Biased is the American Media? The Sad Hard Facts” by JB Williams dated August 22, 2008 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/22944 .
“Italian Food for Thought” by Lisa Fabrizio dated October 22, 2008 published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/10/22/italian-food-for-thought .
“In the Tank: A Statistical Analysis of Media Bias” by John Perazzo dated October 31, 2008 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=D7971545-30B0-4C9C-85BD-E671BBCBE0FF .
“The Improprieties of the Fairness Doctrine” by Aaron Rodriguez dated November 30, 2008 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2008/11/30/the-improprieties-of-the-fairness-doctrine/ .
“Indymedia’s Assault on Truth” by John Perazzo dated February 3, 2009 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=DB699697-0C3B-4990-ACCD-DBB472908244 .
“The MSM’s 10 Favorite Republican Hating Republican Pundits: A Guide” by John Hawkins dated March 18, 2009 published by Right Wing News at http://www.rightwingnews.com/#post14809 .
“Megaphone Envy and the Fairness Doctrine” by Joseph Somsel dated March 19, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/03/megaphone_envy_and_the_fairnes.html .
“Obama Reaches Out to Media… But Only Lefty Ones” by Warner Todd Huston dated March 25, 2009 published by News Busters at http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2009/03/25/obama-reaches-out-media-only-lefty-ones .
“A Leninist View of the American Media” by David G. Muller Jr. dated March 26, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/03/a_leninist_view_of_the_america.html .
“The Real Reason Newspapers are on Life Support” by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown dated April 2, 2009 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=B2DB57D9-A0C0-4EFE-8505-6D00CA5B6EFE .
“Good Riddance” by James Srodes dated April 21, 2009 published by The American Spectator at http://spectator.org/archives/2009/04/21/good-riddance .
“Hate Crime Legislation – Back Door to Censorship” by James Simpson dated May 10, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/hate_crime_legislation_back_do.html .
“Only Direct” by Ed Gillespie dated March 22, 2010 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/only-direct .
“One World, One Opinion” by Dennis Prager dated July 7, 2010 published by Front Page Magazine at http://frontpagemag.com/2010/07/07/one-world-one-opinion/ .
“Fourteen Ways to Reduce Government Spending” by Grover Norquist dated August 18, 2010 published by Americans for Tax Reform at http://www.atr.org/files/files/081810pr_14_Specific_Spending_Reduction_Ideas%281%29.pdf .
“Corporation for Public Broadcasting Got $533 Million from Government in 2010” by Penny Starr dated October 25, 2010 published by Cybercast News Service at http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/corporation-public-broadcasting-got-5333 .
“The Politics of Public Television” by David Horowitz dated October 28, 2010 published by Front Page Magazine at http://frontpagemag.com/2010/10/28/the-politics-of-public-television/ .
“Television Losing Ground to the Internet as a Main Source of News” by Bruce drake dated January 4, 2011 published by Politics Daily at http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/04/television-losing-ground-to-the-internet-as-a-main-source-of-new/ .
“How to Understand Rush Limbaugh” by Wilfred M. McClay dated February 2011 published by Commentary Magazine at http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/how-to-understand-rush-limbaugh-15634 .
“A Provisional Anatomy of Truth” by Paul Shlichta dated January 8, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/a_provisional_anatomy_of_truth.html .
“Memo for: Team Romney – Subject: The Candidates and Talk Radio” by Hugh Hewitt dated August 16, 2012 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2012/08/16/memo_for_team_romney__subject_the_candidates_and_talk_radio .
“Users trust social media as news source” by Byron Tau dated January 17, 2013 published by Politico at http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/survey-users-trust-social-media-as-news-source-86321.html?hp=f3 .