A “mediacrat” is a member of the media who decides the information that the public will consume. “Mediacrat” has been cited in print since at least 1974.
The term “mediacracy’ (media + -cracy)—rule by media—was coined a year later with the book Mediacracy: American Parties and Politics in the Communications Age (1975) by Kevin Phillips. A “mediacracy” is staffed with “mediacrats.”
media + -crat
mediacrat (plural mediacrats)
1. A member of the mediacracy.
Main Stream Media journalists that carry the water bucket for the Democratic Party.
The Mediacrats at the New York Times have once again exposed top secret government programs that aid in fighting terrorism.
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(Oxford English Dictionary)
Etymology: < media n.2 + -crat comb. form, probably after earlier mediacracy n.
A powerful owner of a newspaper, television station, etc.; a media magnate.
1979 T. Keneally Passenger vii. 69 She was the sweetheart of the mediacrats.
1985 Washington Post 9 Jan. d12/2 De Borchgrave complained about the U.S. ‘mediacrats’’ predilection for turning ‘disinformation’ into ‘a received idea before being annointed as a factoid in computer data banks’.
29 July 1974, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), ‘Views of Readers,” sec. 1, pg. 14, col. 3:
I also said mass media had become a “fourth branch of government” under the dominion of a few like-minded “mediacrats” in New York, and favored the ouster of this incumbent monopoly. I did not favor the ousting of all incumbent politicians, however.
16 September 1975, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Phillips vs. the New Elitists” by William Muchison, pg. D2, col. 5:
The mediacrats, the knowledge sector elitists, have succeeding in offending the bulk of Americans as grievously ever as Samuel Insull and J. P. Morgan can have offended them.
It is also readily apparent that the old Majority values have been subjected to such mediacrat undermining and perversion in the last half-century that all too many of us now perceive as flaws the great personal strengths that gave Lindbergh heroic stature.
19 April 1976, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), pg. 20, col. 4:
No leader can lead if his followers are programmed to hate him by venomous mediacrats.
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Mediacrat fame is often confused with real power, not only by the journalist but by the fame-seekers who want media access.
MEDIACRAT FAME: the old— a formal press conference in the early sixties; the standard— this publicity shot of Barbara Walters shows authority, the “believability factor,” and a practiced smile; the new— Geraldo Rivera, a fame age television ...
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Barbara Walters, mediacrat and so-cializer extraordinaire, is constantly asked by her prominent and powerful friends to air an interview with them.
14 March 1984, Miami (FL) Herald, “Campaign faithful rally to the finish,” pg. 3B:
“Hart is a mediacrat,” said state Rep. Fred Lippman (D., Hollywood), a Mondale supporter. “He’s primarily the product of the electonic media.”
How Harvard Rules:
Reason in the Service of Empire
Edited by John Trumpbour
Boston, MA: South End Press
Kalb was indeed rewarded for his deeds by Graham Allison, who named this mediacrat director of the JFK School’s new mass media center.
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Rise of the Mediacracy
THURSDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2012 03:59 DANIEL GREENFIELD
A nation where governments are elected by the people is most vulnerable at the interface between the politicians and the people. The interface is where the people learn what the politicians stand for and where the politicians learn what the people want. The bigger a country gets, the harder it is to pick up on that consensus by stopping by a coffee shop or an auto repair store. That’s where the Medicracy steps in to control the consensus.
The media is no longer informative, it is conformative. It is not interested in broadcasting events unless it can also script them. It does not want to know what you think, it wants to tell you what to think. The consensus is the voice of the people and the Mediacrats are cutting its throat, dumping its body in a back alley and turning democracy into their own puppet show.
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