Biases, Lies, & Truthiness: The Mainstream Media

Since the 1950s, television has been the main medium for molding public opinion and this is particularly true with the advent of cable and satellite beaming the news into over 70 million households.

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
6 min readJan 25, 2023



I don’t like the mainstream media. I’m not saying I don’t like the MSM because it’s all negative or it doesn’t report on any positive news pieces.

I don’t like the MSM because it can’t be trusted. This is a fairly new stance I’ve taken against the news media. I’ve always taken what I’ve been told by the nightly news — both national and local — and the news on social media with a grain of salt.

The MSM as an institution is corrupted and troubled systematically.

The news media and social media giants are in bed with the government — as we’ve seen during the pandemic and the 2019 presidential election and I will demonstrate later on in this post. They are both inseverable with each other in concatenation to exploit, control, and influence the masses.

There are online portals created by both Facebook and Twitter where government agents can submit, and perhaps still submit, censorship directives for official corporate action.

The government and the MSM as an institution has created a culture of lying. Government officials using the MSM to help support their agenda the the MSM seeking to co-opt public and private officials in order to satisfy their advertisers.

Journalists and news outlets need a crisis to make money, either from selling newspapers or from advertisers. Government officials need a crisis so they can push their agenda and to suppress our civil liberties and natural rights a little more — I could be wrong though.

More often than not, a crisis is not really a crisis but a lie. The two alliances are so involved in a collusive scheme of misdirection, omission, or deception that it ultimately serves to ensnare or entangle others. Ultimately, the MSM isn’t able to print the truth and the government is unable to effectively govern.



A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer