The State of the Media

March 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM Leave a comment

Pew 3-26-14

Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.

It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:

In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.

The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?”  Wow.  Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.

They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.

 

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