Thousands of protesters across America and much of the English speaking world gathered on Saturday to protest the lack of credibility in the mainstream media. They held signs outside the doors of more than 200 mainstream outlets like ABC, FOX, NBC and the BBC, challenging them to actually cover the protests and urging viewers to get information from alternative news sources. There was virtually no MSM reporting on the protests.
The media has been at near record low popularity for years. Since at least 2011, it has been at a mere 44%, and during the election year – when more people were actually paying attention – it dropped to a record low of 40%. More conservatives and Republicans are disillusioned than liberals and Democrats, but Saturday’s protest crossed political boundaries, with libertarians, anarchists, conservatives and progressives alike participating.
With the Twitter hashtag #MAMSM, a Facebook page and a simple website, the protest spread via many of the same outlets as non-traditional, or new, media stories do. Soon, what started as a USA movement had quickly crossed continents and protests were organized in Canada, the UK and Australia. Big protests were organized in larger cities, while smaller ones were organized in over 200 towns. Corporate owned newspapers and major tv stations were the major targets.
“March Against Mainstream Media is more than just a protest,” the organization’s website reads, “It is an attack against the credibility of the mainstream media in an attempt to steer its viewers away from its lies and towards alternative media sources.” Its goal was not only to draw attention to the omissions of the mainstream media; it was to confront them directly. With thousands protesting the media right outside its doors, would it report the event? Or would it willing leave the majority of the population completely unaware?
“The news source that is not showing the protests is the news source you have to stop getting your news from. And the news source that IS showing the protests is where you should look for news from now on,” says the site. All but one traditional outlet chose to ignore the protest. The Seattle Times did report the event, though it simply said that a small group of protesters had gathered with flags, signs and megaphones and shouted slogans. Unsurprisingly, new media has covered the story extensively.
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