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21st Apr '17 5:20:57 PM AdamC
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** Another episode to lampoon this was Homer Badman, which insulted sensationalist news media, overblown scandals, one-sided stories, and their ability to ruin people's lives. Homer is accused of grabbing a babysitter's butt, and made out to be a sexual predator with mobs gathered outside his house and news cameras pointing through his window. On the DVD commentary for the episode the writers argue that the episode is ''more'' relevant now than it was when it aired.
17th Apr '17 1:57:21 PM AdamC
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* Surprisingly largely averted by J. Jonah Jameson in the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' stories. While he is obviously biased by his stubborn hatred of superheroes, especially Spider-Man, Jameson otherwise has an impeccable reputation for being an honest and courageous journalist, whom even death threats by mobsters like ComicBook/TheKingpin cannot intimidate from exposing their villainy.

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* Surprisingly largely averted by J. Jonah Jameson in the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' stories. While he is obviously biased by his stubborn hatred of superheroes, especially Spider-Man, Jameson otherwise has an impeccable reputation for being an honest and courageous journalist, whom even death threats by mobsters like ComicBook/TheKingpin cannot intimidate from exposing their villainy. Even with his bias against superheroes, he believes most of the stories he publishes slamming them to be true, and will make retractions if shown otherwise.
22nd Feb '17 7:53:31 AM hszmv1
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* In the first ''Franchise/Spider-Man'' films, J. Jonah Jameson again proves he is the exception and not the rule. When confronted with evidence that photos he published of Spider-Man committing criminal acts, his first response is to fire the offending journalist and lament that, for the first time in 20 years, he will have to print a retraction. It's a subtle line, but it shows that as an editor, he is so dedicated to getting it right the first time, not even tiny slip ups (like a mistyped data or typoed name)are allowed to go to print. He's just that good.
17th Feb '17 5:04:13 AM BrendanRizzo
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* In various tellings of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s origin, when Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the Daily Planet all the newspapers are controlled by ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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* In various tellings of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s origin, when Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the Daily Planet and all the newspapers are controlled by ComicBook/LexLuthor.



* The ''TriptychContinuum'' of ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics has Murdocks, a rare example of an anti-government StrawmanNewsMedia that seems to exist solely to criticise and disagree with anything the Diarchy says or does. [[note]]Similarities to Fox News, run by Rupert ''Murdoch'', and its relationship to President Barrack Obama are probably not coincidental.[[/note]] There is also a more rarely seen pro-Diarchy media which is equally mindless in its support of the government.

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* The ''TriptychContinuum'' of ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics has Murdocks, a rare example of an anti-government StrawmanNewsMedia that seems to exist solely to criticise and disagree with anything the Diarchy says or does. [[note]]Similarities to Fox News, run by Rupert ''Murdoch'', and its relationship to President Barrack Barack Obama are probably not coincidental.[[/note]] There is also a more rarely seen pro-Diarchy media which is equally mindless in its support of the government.



* The classic example of media controlled by a tyrannical government: Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', where the government control was so intensive that they had an entire department devoted to altering historical records.
** Of course, one of the ''points'' of ''1984'' is [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped that the Soviet govt. was and had been doing this for the past twenty years]].

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* The classic example of media controlled by a tyrannical government: Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', where the government control was so intensive that they had an entire department devoted to altering historical records.
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records. Of course, one of the ''points'' of ''1984'' is [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped that the Soviet govt. government was and had been doing this for the past twenty years]].
17th Feb '17 4:55:33 AM BrendanRizzo
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Sometimes the media are given a shallow, even vapid, appearance. They are shown as caring more about celebrity hijinks, [[IfItBleedsItLeads sensationalized violence]], and [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome missing white women]] than about things like wars, poverty and corruption that are affecting far more lives. These news desks will be staffed by men and women who look like they came out of [[HotScoop a fashion magazine]] rather than a journalism school. These are likely to display a bad case of WorstNewsJudgmentEver and simply [[NetworkDecay selling out for ratings]]. Saying what people want to hear because people don't want to be told that they're living in a CrapsackWorld. They want to escape from everything.

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Sometimes the media are given a shallow, even vapid, appearance. They are shown as caring more about celebrity hijinks, [[IfItBleedsItLeads sensationalized violence]], and [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome missing white women]] than about things like wars, poverty and corruption that are affecting far more lives. These news desks will be staffed by men and women who look like they came out of [[HotScoop a fashion magazine]] rather than a journalism school. These are likely to display a bad case of WorstNewsJudgmentEver and simply [[NetworkDecay selling out for ratings]]. Saying ratings]], and only say what people want to hear because people don't want to be told that they're living in a CrapsackWorld. They CrapsackWorld; they want to escape from everything.
26th Dec '16 8:14:01 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/FlashGordon'': Both of the [[http://flashgordon.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_110:_Conspiracy_Theory TV stations]] shown are obssesed with ratings and Dale's attempts to promote the value of integrity are ignored. Dale's [[http://flashgordon.wikia.com/wiki/Susan_Glass competitor]] is the HotScoop.

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* ''Series/FlashGordon'': ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'': Both of the [[http://flashgordon.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_110:_Conspiracy_Theory TV stations]] shown are obssesed with ratings and Dale's attempts to promote the value of integrity are ignored. Dale's [[http://flashgordon.wikia.com/wiki/Susan_Glass competitor]] is the HotScoop.
30th Jun '16 9:01:46 AM Pichu-kun
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* In various tellings of ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s origin, when Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the Daily Planet all the newspapers are controlled by ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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* In various tellings of ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s origin, when Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the Daily Planet all the newspapers are controlled by ComicBook/LexLuthor.



* SonicTheComicOnline has The Kane Broadcasting Company is a television broadcasting corporation run by Percival James Kane, it has come into prominence with its massive smear campaign against Sonic.

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* SonicTheComicOnline ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' has The Kane Broadcasting Company is a television broadcasting corporation run by Percival James Kane, it has come into prominence with its massive smear campaign against Sonic.
2nd May '16 3:39:08 PM eroock
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-->--''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington"

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-->--''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', -->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington"
4th Feb '16 8:44:19 PM jamespolk
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* The entire plot of ''Film/FiveStarFinal''. The ''Gazette'' is a trashy tabloid which does not hesitate to ruin a human life in order to sell more papers. Randall and his secretary Taylor are the only ones who even have a hint of conscience about exposing Nancy Townsend to public shame and destroying her life.
29th Dec '15 2:57:59 PM Anddrix
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* In various tellings of ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s origin, when Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the Daily Planet all the newspapers are controlled by SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.

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* In various tellings of ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s origin, when Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the Daily Planet all the newspapers are controlled by SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.ComicBook/LexLuthor.
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