References were reluctantly revealed by a Google search, after helpful suggestions that I might really be looking for "mediocrity" or perhaps "mediocracy" (which latter, btw, contained politically biased suggestions that mediocracy referred to the most recent Republican administration.)
Mediacracy is a situation in government where the mass media effectively has control over the voting public.
Chris Castle's blog post also discusses the power of the media to influence pharmaceutical drug taking by a suggestible populace. Drug marketers create a drug, and then create a need (or the perception that there is a need), for what the drug does. A solution in search of a problem!
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."Perhaps the loophole is the word "Congress". It seems that the press itself, also various universities, and a State department of education or two are able to abridge freedom of speech without the assistance of Congress.
Not only does the word mediacracy exist. Some might suspect that a mediacracy has been established, and we never noticed.