"Past tense media” is an unflattering nickname for the mainstream media (MSM) (such as newspapers and magazines) that are often late to news stories, reporting on them days or weeks after discussions first appeared on blogs. The blog Ace of Spades HQ used the term “The Past-Tense Media” on September 11, 2009 to refer to the MSM’s late reporting of scandals involving the ACORN organization. “Past tense media” (usually without the hyphen) was picked up by other blogs.
Similar terms to “past tense media” include “antique media,” “deadstream media,” “dead tree media,” “dinosaur media,” “fringe media,” “lamestream media,” “legacy media” and “vintage media.”
Wikipedia: Ace of Spades HQ
Ace of Spades HQ, Ace of Spades, or AoS is a conservative and humor-driven U.S.-based Political Blog, which has been famously described by Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley as a “very smart military blog”, but in fact covers current events, legal issues, and salacious topics in popular culture along with military hardware and the activities of the U.S. and allied armed forces. Created in 2003, Ace of Spades has had over 34 million hits as of Nov 17, 2008.
Ace of Spades HQ
Breaking: ACORN Off Census Duty, Finally, According to Bret Baier
(September 11, 2009—ed.)
This will be yet another story where those reading the MSM only find out about the escalating controversy after a big action has been taken.
The Past-Tense Media.
Comment by JeffS on 9/13 @ 12:26 pm
Amazing. The Past Tense Media gets one thing right. Is this a trend, or a broken watch being accurate twice a day?
September 15, 2009
1M Americans Choose Liberty over Tyranny
Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny has sold 1,000,000 copies.
the great one. truly the msm is now the “past-tense media”.
Posted by: weewilly at September 15, 2009 11:33 AM
Ace of Spade HQ
Jon Stewart to Past-Tense Media re: ACORN: “Where the [bleep] Were You?!?!”
(September 16, 2009—ed.)
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
September 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm
The PTM (Past Tense Media) can call us any damn thing they please, but Tea Parties will still turn out to protest Obama’s failed policies.
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