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CDR: Bipolar Media Disorder

Bipolar Media Disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis of a manic-depressive mood disorder defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated anger and outrage at news and press bias alternating with depressive episodes of fear, panic and paranoia at perceived attempts to censor information flow through traditional and/or non-traditional media outlets. These episodes are usually separated by thirty or sixty minute periods of “normal” mood, often based on the immediate presence of sitcom, drama, reality or sports programming. Extreme BMD can sometimes lead to psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, most often seen in self-anointed journalists, reporters and media watchdogs insisting on their own objectivity and the objectivity of their peers.

Traditional psychiatric treatments based on attempts to rationally resolve these delusions are ineffective because a “free press” and “objective reporting” are mutually exclusive concepts. If speech and the Press (or ‘Media’) are truly and completely free as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, then they are not only free from government censorship, they are also necessarily free from any limits imposed by professional standards, societal norms, facts or realities. When a Press or Media entity becomes sufficiently disconnected from the reality of their consumers (readers, viewers, listeners, surfers) a form of commercial starvation occurs which usually leads to financial malnutrition, death or government take-over. When both Press and consumers jointly become sufficiently delusional, totalitarianism often occurs.

See also Pravda, Joseph Goebbels, MSNBC, “Fair and Balanced”, Drudge Report, William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, Yellow Journalism, Media Matters, U.S. Constitution, Howard Beale

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