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The Main Rules of the Mainstream-Media Herd

The Main Rules of the Mainstream-Media Herd

Those rules are not rules in the same way that the laws of nature are rules, that cannot be broken. They are rules in the sense that they describe observed behaviors, much as one might get some sense, at the least, of the rules of a sport or game by observing those who play the game and those who enforce the rules.

The rules were formulated by way of observation over many years. Attempts to order them according to importance have languished. Here follows one approach to analysis that may be helpful.

The Main Rules of the Mainstream-Media Herd 1

The rules at the top and bottom, in larger typeface, are the most important rules, and they may be considered the rules that bind the others together: the rule at the top is the over-arching rule, which all the other rules support, and for which they exist; the bottom rule is the under-girding rule, which maintains cohesion among them all in service of the top rule.

The Main Rules of the Mainstream-Media Herd 3

The rules arranged in a diamond-shape have more general targets; they may be thought of as more strategic than tactical. They help to make the more particular or tactical rules, below, easier to employ successfully.

The Main Rules of the Mainstream-Media Herd 2

The rules arranged in an X-shape have more particular targets; they may be thought of as more tactical than strategic. The center rule may be arguably the most important among these: the others help to carry it out, and thus to carry out the top rule.


Lane Core Jr. joined the Catholic Church at age 17, having been raised a Methodist. With a B.S. in Math & Computer Science, he has been on the Internet since 1995, and from 2002 through 2009 published The Blog from the Core. He has freelanced for the Pittsburgh Catholic and the Tribune-Review newspapers. A lifelong bibliophile, he enjoys poetry, theology, history, biography, and psychology.
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  • Guy McClung

    I have no doubt that responses to this will prove that these rules apply. Guy McClung, San Antonio

  • goral

    While all are true, the one that jumps out at me is the one about mocking religion and the asterisks is the most important point. The radicals in Islam are the mirror image of our radical liberals, that’s half of the democrat party. These two groups go full circle in opposite direction to simply meet at one of the quadrants as one and the same. They both view other peoples lives as worthwhile only to promote their culture of death and subjugation. If the Islamist grew up in San Francisco. they would be radical liberals and our libs would be Isis had they been born in Jalalabad.

  • goral

    While all are true, the one that jumps out at me is the one about mocking religion and the asterisks is the most important point. The radicals in Islam are the mirror image of our radical liberals, that’s half of the democrat party. These two groups go full circle in opposite direction to simply meet at one of the quadrants as one and the same. They both view other peoples lives as worthwhile only to promote their culture of death and subjugation. If the Islamist grew up in San Francisco. they would be radical liberals and our libs would be Isis had they been born in Jalalabad.

  • The main stream media are infatuated with Islam. Muslim terrorists can literally cut off heads while yelling allahu akbar, and the media cannot find a connection between Islam and the rolling heads.

    The pope needs a little reality training too.

  • Loligag1953

    At the bottom I would add this:

    Mock Religion, *
    Praise Skepticism**

    * Except Islam
    ** Except on Global Warming

  • Gordon TheGrumpus

    Just found this piece.

    The Author here has performed an act of service in setting-down the political “operating system” of the msm!
    Thank you!