We need to change the name we use for the corporate broadcast media, newspapers and magazines. The term “Mainstream” is so misleading. Sure, the “mainstream” media is the media that’s been around for years and a vast number of people get their news and information from it. But it doesn’t reflect the mainstream of American thoughts and beliefs. This is how the Democrats can argue that perfectly qualified judges like Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen are “out of the mainstream”.
The Democrats and the “Mainstream” media reflect each others’ views. Since the media is called “Mainstream” the Democrats, and the media, believe that they are in the mainstream. Therefore, everyone else is out of the mainstream. I call this Pauline Kael Syndrome. Remember Pauline? The late columnist for the New Yorker who reportedly said, “How could Nixon have won? Nobody I know voted for him!” The media and the Democrats reinforce and validate each other.
The Democrats and the media need to realize that they went off on a tributary quite a while ago.
We need a new term for old media.
Related: GOP Bloggers asks
So, in California, the bluest of blue states, Janice Rogers Brown won 76% of the statewide vote and Barbara Boxer won 58% of that same statewide vote. Who’s more mainstream?
Update: How about the Tributary Media??
Update2: Trader Rob at Opinipundit likes “Entrenched Media”. So do we.