A myth invented in conservative think-tanks as part of an all-encompassing effort to co-opt and/or corrupt all of the best ideas of a socially responsible, free country: In this case specifically, the existence of a free and curious media that functions independently from the government (but see also: affirmative action, feminism, social security, constitutional protection, judicial restraint, environmentalism, and social liberalism in general).
"Thank God we have Bill O'Reilly and Fox News to tell us the news as President Bush would have us know it -- before it gets filtered through the liberal bias for that pesky 'truth' the mainstream media is always harping on.
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