When a news story excludes spokespersons who hold a small government point of view, especially while lavishing attention on those with a Big Government point of view (i.e., media darlings), we call it a media blackball BIGGIB.
This is an extremely common BIGGIB found in 95-99% of all news coverage. Rarely is there anyone quoted, interviewed, or featured who's even taking about, much less endorsing, a proposal to shrink government. Not because there's no one to speak for the small government point of view. There are many. But because the media routinely ignores them.
There would be even more eloquent small government spokespersons ready to go on the air or provide a quote on a dime - if the media created a demand for them. But they don't because they typically operate with the unspoken attitude that small government spokespersons Need Not Apply.
If a news story includes quotes, soundbites, or interviews - but none of any small government spokespersons - we count it as one media blackball BIGGIB for purposes of scoring in the game Find the BIGGIBS! If there's a specific person or organization that common sense would dictate they be included in a particular news story, but were not, we count that as a separate media blackball BIGGIB.
Many news stories about 2004 Presidential nominee John Kerry stated that he was "unopposed" in his previous election - his 2002 bid for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. This is a blatant case of Media Blackballing since it is an outright lie. Small government candidate Michael Cloud was on the ballot opposing John Kerry in 2002 and won 19% of the vote.
This is especially egregious since it is very difficult to get on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Republicans sometimes fail to field any candidate for this reason. Thus it is widely recognized as a significant achievement to make the ballot.
By blackballing a masterful spokesperson such as Michael Cloud, the Big Government Media keeps small government from getting a long overdue, much needed hearing in the court of public opinion.