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The news media, often shortened to media, are the body of organizations that report on the news and current events. News media include newspapers, television, radio, and (more recently) various Internet sites, such as blogs.

Traditional media have been perceived, particularly in recent years, as possessing a political or ideological bias. People who are more left-wing criticize the fact that traditional media outlets are now in the hands of just a few large companies, claiming that such media have a "pro-corporate" or right-wing bias, while those who are more right-wing claim that the traditional media are unfair in their treatment of right-wing ideas and political figures. In the United States, Fox News, known for having a significantly more right-wing stance than most of its competitors, is pointed to as a benchmark.

This has led to the creation of increasing numbers of "alternative" media of both stripes. A significant example of this is talk radio, which has been credited with reviving the AM radio band and keeping it viable following the introduction of FM.

By contrast, the left-wing "alternative" media are mostly smaller, local publications and are not quite so visible as their right-wing counterparts.

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