I just posted the following on-line in response to an otherwise excellent article here.
How long will we mindlessly persist in the absurd habit of referring to the ABM (anything but mainstream) media as “mainstream”? Those who engage in this practice obviously have not thought through the enormous damage that this causes. If they are, indeed, the “mainstream,” then their views and agenda obviously represent those of “mainstream” Americans, and, therefore, are those of the majority.
Do any of us really believe that Katie Courick, or Brian Williams, or David Gregory (I could go on ad nauseum) speak for “mainstream” America? No. Of course not. They speak for the elites, the Ruling Class, but as long as we mindlessly and voluntarily give them that elevated status, they are more than happy to accept it. They, of course, as the self-appointed “opinion makers,” actually believe that what they say is “mainstream.”
Here’s a tip: Next time you’re in a Denny’s, look around, and see if you see Katie, or Brian, or David anywhere. I’ll save you the trouble. You won’t. So stop calling them mainstream. They are the OEM – Obsolete Establishment Media – and they have been that for years. As long as we keep referring to them as our bonafide spokesmen, however, we will continue to falsely accept that they are relevant. Does the Administration or its paid hacks (paid by you) speak for America? Of course they don’t, and the OEM is no different. If Chris Mathews could replace Jake Carney, he’d do it in a heartbeat, and so would 90% of the so-called unbiased journalists. (Yes, Mathews is supposed to be an opinion journalist, but he is considered to be every bit as “mainstream” as Matt Laurer, et al.)
This must start with each of us, so while I’m calling the author on this, ALL of us need to mend our ways. I’m proof that it can be done. And of equal importance, we must stop THINKING of them as somehow representative of majority thought. That’s like accepting that Michael Moore speaks for America. What he (and they) speak for is the “fundamental transformation” of America. Think not? Did you hear a single OEM reporter question that statement? Of course not. They cheered it…then and now, when what it really means is the destruction of America as we know (or once knew) it!
Tom Ballantyne – Author of Oh Really, O’Reilly!