The term “dinosaur media” originally meant the print media (newspapers and magazines), as opposed to the “new media” (websites and blogs). The term “dinosaur media” was enlarged to include more of the “old media” allegedly becoming as extinct as dinosaurs, such as the radio and television broadcast networks in the mainstream media.
“Dinosaur media” has been cited in print since at least 1998. Many conservatives claim that the “dinosaur media” have a liberal bias and are slow to report their stories. Similar terms for “dinosaur media’ include “antique media,” “deadstream media,” “dead tree media,” “fringe media,” “lamestream media,” “legacy media,” “past tense media” and “vintage media.”
Q. What does the reference ‘dinosaur media’ mean?
TV and print media
This negative term usually refers to so-called “traditional” media such as television (especially broadcast TV), newspapers and magazines. It is used most often in comparison to the “new media” or “alternative media”: internet (blogs, podcasts, websites) and talk radio. Further, it used extensively in political discussions by those who feel that the aforementioned “traditional” media has a liberal political bias, usually conservatives.
13 August 1998, Buffalo (NY) News, “Cyber Site” by Andrew Z. Galarneau:
For all the slings and arrows aimed at “dinosaur media,” the best place to get in-depth, carefully constructed news reports is still newspapers.
New York (NY) Times
MEDIA MEGADEAL: THE GAMBLER; Leading Time Warner’s Digital Makeover
By DOREEN CARVAJAL
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2000
Noting that this week also brought the 10-year-anniversary of the formation of Time Warner, Mr. Levin cast himself in this union of old and new media in rather simple terms, clearly intending to ensure that he is not portrayed as a symbol of the old, dinosaur media. ‘’For those of you who know me well, I am a broadband person,’’ he said. ‘’I’m an interactive guy. I have been building networks all my life and this really provides an opportunity.’’
Google Groups: alt.seduction.fast
From: The Seduction Library
Subject: Re: Working and being a PUA
The material here is too good and becoming too popular to remain unnoticed by the dinosaur media, which has a strong need for quality content which it can find from this group free of charge. For example,
Google Groups: misc.activism.progressive
From: rachel rinaldo
Subject: ARTICLE: Indymedia for A16
The IMC’s Seattle reporting had a rawness and an urgency missing from most journalism. “As more and more people learn that alternative visions of reality are out there, the kind that have an impact on the food they eat, the air they breath, what we’re calling independent media today will make the dinosaur media monopolies look like the ridiculous entities that they are.”
Access My Library
Laura Ingraham Under Fire for Iraq Comments.
The America’s Intelligence Wire| June 06, 2006
(From Fox News Channel)
Byline: Bill O’Reilly
INGRAHAM: The mainstream—yes, the dinosaur media. I call it the dinosaur media. FOX is not part of that. The dinosaurs, the old networks.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dinosaur Media Deathwatch Update
Circulation for the New York Times has dropped in the last year and, earlier this year, they reported a $74 million quarterly loss. Last year they reduced their newsroom staff by 100 jobs. Now, another 100 jobs are being cut.
Doing the digging the dinosaur media won’t do
By Michelle Malkin • November 23, 2009 02:35 PM
Big Government has a treasure trove of ACORN docs dumped to cover the criminal racket’s tracks before Jerry Brown launched a pretend probe.
New York City • Media/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Tuesday, November 24, 2009 • Permalink