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13th Jan '18 3:22:38 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* Military thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' is written by a (very) conservative author, and treats the mainstream media mainly as the blindly loyal PropagandaMachine of the villainous Wall Street oligarchs and corrupt bipartisan consensus insiders. There are exceptions, but they tend to be more of the [[VoiceOfTheResistance underground media]] variety.
10th Jan '18 11:34:53 AM Pendrake
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Compare with PropagandaPiece. See also OldMediaAreEvil. Likely to be staffed by the FoxNewsLiberal and the PompousPoliticalPundit.

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Compare with PropagandaPiece. See also OldMediaAreEvil. Likely to be staffed by the FoxNewsLiberal and the PompousPoliticalPundit. Can sadly be TruthInTelevision.
17th Dec '17 10:59:28 AM Cosmicjive
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* ''Film/HometownStory'' (notable today mostly because it is an early appearance of Marilyn Monroe) is essentially an entire film of this. A former senator returns home to run the town paper. Wanting to increase his popularity so that he can retake his senate seat, he starts looking for a "cause" that he can champion. After failing to prove that the local factory is polluting the river (because it isn't), he starts running a daily opinion piece about the dangers of corporate profits run amok. Unfortunately, he completely ignores the real social and economic arguments on this issue and instead basically just asks "why should big companies make so much money?" This makes it easy for the local business tycoon (who owns the aforementioned factory) to show up and decimate him with a short speech about how "the real profits are all the benefits consumers get from these products." Then to drive the point home, the newspaper man's little sister is trapped by a cave-in, and the "big corporations" jump in to save her.
30th Nov '17 9:27:46 PM Scooter007
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* One of the DVD extras for ''Film/AntMan'' features Scott Lang being interviewed by a news program concerning the vandalism that landed him in jail. Although he tries to explain away his reasonings (a demonstration against corporate corruption), it turns out that the news program is controlled by said corporation and so the interviewer makes every effort to ensure that the corporation remains above reproach.
28th Jul '17 8:26:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the first ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' 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.

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* In the first ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' 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, acts were faked, 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.
26th May '17 1:11:24 PM Morgenthaler
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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.

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* In the first ''Franchise/Spider-Man'' ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' 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.
4th May '17 11:32:42 AM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': The Credomaran news, mostly represented by Frank Hannibal. Hannibal hides behind journalistic integrity, then intentionally tries to make the mercenaries look bad for ratings by editing the footage to the point of just flat-out making things up. He even helps spread a blatantly false story about the mercenaries infiltrating the station for weeks (they had only been there for a few days) and torturing residents. LOTA's second act as king of the station is to shut Hannibal down, hard.
-->'''LOTA:''' Now please stop pretending you are the voice of the people. You are simply loud, and wearing a microphone.
28th Apr '17 8:58:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 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.

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* The ''TriptychContinuum'' of ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics has Murdocks, a rare example of an anti-government StrawmanNewsMedia Strawman News Media 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 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.
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.
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