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The Abandonment of Cable News


 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axXvxpzMe_0

It looks like cable news has, as this article puts it, reached a peak: last year all three major U.S. cable news networks lost viewer, the first time in this study where all three of them declined in the same year. It’s not just CNN, though none of us will be surprised to hear that its decline was the worst. Fox News is still way ahead of the others, but — even though 2010 was an election year — they were down 11 percent. (It’s well-known that Glenn Beck has been losing viewers, but he’s not the only one.) MSNBC declined the least, but I’d be willing to bet that’ll change this year, given that they let go of their most popular opinion personality.

The study does note that even with fewer viewers, cable news was making more money last year, due to a partial economic recovery (for the TV industry anyway).


 
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The Abandonment of Cable News

  1. False equivalencies (CNN) outright lies (Fox) or firing your most popular talent (MSNBC) all lead to declining viewership.

    Since most programming isn't "news " anyway, they are all misnamed. They specialize in pet pundits who know what the other stations said while talking through their asses and interviewers who lob softballs at equally stupid politicians and other assorted hacks. Fact-checking non-existent, flavour of the day reporting. No wonder so Americans are ill-informed. What else can you expect from the house organs of GE, Comcast or Rupert Murdoch.

    A pox on all their houses, people have found that through the interwebs they gain a perspective outside of American exceptionalism.

  2. False equivalencies (CNN) outright lies (Fox) or firing your most popular talent (MSNBC) all lead to declining viewership.

    Since most programming isn't "news " anyway, they are all misnamed. They specialize in pet pundits who know what the other stations said while talking through their asses and interviewers who lob softballs at equally stupid politicians and other assorted hacks. Fact-checking non-existent, flavour of the day reporting. No wonder so Americans are ill-informed. What else can you expect from the house organs of GE, Comcast or Rupert Murdoch.

    A pox on all their houses, people have found that through the interwebs they gain a perspective outside of American exceptionalism.

  3. Twitter is my 24-hour news source. Faster than cable news and, well, infinitely more navigable and customizable.

  4. Twitter is my 24-hour news source. Faster than cable news and, well, infinitely more navigable and customizable.

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