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Is The Mainstream Media Dying?

CNN News Studio - Photo by DougRatings at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News have all been plummeting in recent years, and newspaper ad revenues are about a third of what they were back in the year 2000.  So is the mainstream media dying?  Despite what you may have heard, the mainstream media is certainly not completely dead just yet.  The average American watches approximately 153 hours of television a month, and as I pointed out in a previous article, about 90 percent of the “information” that is endlessly pumped into our heads through our televisions is controlled by just six gigantic media corporations.  However, there are a whole host of signs that things are changing – especially when it comes to news.  More Americans than ever are losing faith in the establishment-controlled media and are seeking out alternative sources of information.  Is this a trend that the big media companies are going to be able to reverse at some point?

For years, the “news business” has been dominated by CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.  But now all three channels are rapidly losing viewers.  According to a recently released Pew Research study, the number of prime time viewers for all three networks combined fell by 11 percent last year…

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 Nielsen Media Research data show that the biggest decline came at MSNBC, which lost nearly a quarter (24%) of its prime-time audience. CNN, under new management, ended its fourth year in third place, with a 13% decline in prime time. Fox, while down 6%, still drew more viewers (1.75 million) than its two competitors combined (619,500 at MSNBC and 543,000 at CNN).

And the decline is far more dramatic when you look at just the key 25 to 54-year-old demographic.

From November 2012 to November 2013, CNN’s ratings for that demographic dropped by a staggering 59 percent, and MSNBC’s ratings for that demographic dropped by a staggering 52 percent.

Is this a sign that Americans are finally getting fed up with the endless propaganda being spewed by those establishment mouthpieces?

A recent survey conducted by a liberal polling firm would indeed seem to indicate that this is the case.  That survey found that only 6 percent of Americans consider MSNBC to be their most trusted source for news…

NBC News and sister cable network MSNBC rank at the bottom of media outlets Americans trust most for news, with Fox News leading the way, according to a new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

In its fifth trust poll, 35 percent said they trusted Fox news more than any other outlet, followed by PBS at 14 percent, ABC at 11 percent, CNN at 10 percent, CBS at 9 percent, 6 percent for MSNBC and Comedy Central, and just 3 percent for NBC.

And of course it is not just the big mainstream news networks that are in decline.

A recently released Pew Research study discovered that the decline of America’s newspapers continued in 2013 as well…

The Newspaper Association of America has stopped compiling quarterly reports on advertising revenue. According to its annual numbers, which were released in April 2014, overall revenue for newspapers in 2013 was $37.6 billion, a decrease of 2.6% from 2012. Within that total, combined print and digital ad revenue decreased by 7%—to $20.7 billion.

Seven percent may not sound like much, but you have to realize that these declines have been happening year after year.  When you look back over a longer time frame, it really puts the massive decline that we have witnessed in advertising revenues in perspective

It took a half century for annual newspaper print ad revenue to gradually increase from $20 billion in 1950 (adjusted for inflation in 2013 dollars) to $65.8 billion in 2000, and then it took only 12 years to go from $65.8 billion in ad revenues back to less than $20 billion in 2012, before falling further to $17.3 billion last year.

Even when revenues from digital advertising and other categories described by the NAA as “niche publications, direct marketing and non-daily publication advertising” are added to print ad revenue (see red line in chart), the combined total revenues for print, digital and other advertising last year was still only $23.56 billion in 2013 dollars, which was the lowest amount of annual ad revenue since 1954, when $23.3 billion was spent on print advertising alone.

Yes, you read those numbers correctly.  As you can see from this chart, newspaper ad revenues are now about a third of what they were back in the year 2000.

That is not just a “shift” – that is a massive tsunami.

Needless to say, the big newspapers are quite distressed by all of this.

For example, “the Grey Lady” herself is essentially in a state of panic at this point.  Just recently, a 96 page internal New York Times report was obtained by BuzzFeed that basically skewers the company’s current strategy when it comes to the Internet…

A 96-page internal New York Times report, sent to top executives last month by a committee led by the publisher’s son and obtained by BuzzFeed, paints a dark picture of a newsroom struggling more dramatically than is immediately visible to adjust to the digital world, a newsroom that is hampered primarily by its own storied culture.

But they still don’t understand the true cause of their decline.

It isn’t the fact that they haven’t adapted to the Internet very well that is the primary reason for their decline.

Rather, it is the fact that the American people are losing faith in the New York Times and other similar establishment mouthpieces.

News magazines are also experiencing a dramatic multi-year decline.  Ad revenues are way down across the entire industry, and any publication that can keep their yearly losses to the single digits is applauded for it

For a third year in a row, news magazines faced a difficult print advertising environment. Combined ad pages (considered a better measure than ad revenue) for the five magazines studied in this report were down 13% in 2013, following a decline of 12.5% in 2012, and about three times the rate of decline in 2011, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Again, hardest hit was The Week, which suffered a 20% drop in ad pages. The Atlantic fell 17%, The Economist 16%, and Time about 11%, while The New Yorker managed to keep its ad pages losses in single digits (7%).

Mainstream media executives appear to be optimistic that they can reverse these declines at some point, but they simply don’t realize that there has been a fundamental paradigm shift when it comes to the news media in the United States.

The general population has lost a tremendous amount of faith in the mainstream media.  They are increasingly becoming aware that it is deeply controlled by the establishment.

At this point, the charade is so out in the open that even reporters are talking about it.  For example, former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson says that the “influence on the media” by political and corporate interests is “unprecedented”

There is unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not just the news, but the images you see everywhere. By well-orchestrated and financed campaign of special interests, political interests and corporations. I think all of that comes into play.

Wow.

Remember, this is not just some outsider that is saying these things.  Attkisson worked in the industry for more than 30 years.

And the American people know that they are getting very little truth from the establishment media these days.  A recent Gallup survey found that only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the mainstream media at this point.  Increasingly, Americans are turning to other sources for news and information.

This is fueling an unprecedented alternative news boom, and more Americans than ever are relying on the Internet as their main source of news.  If you doubt this, just check out this chart.

30 years ago, you would have never been able to read this article.  It never would have gotten past the gatekeepers that had almost total control over what Americans read, watched and listened to.

But now things have changed.  The Internet has allowed ordinary Americans to communicate with each other on a scale that has never been possible before.  As we share information with each other, we are increasingly becoming aware that we don’t need the mainstream media to define what reality is for us after all.

If the mainstream media really wants to keep from dying, they should at least try to start telling us the truth.

Unfortunately, that simply is not going to happen.  The political and corporate interests that control the big media corporations have way too much to lose.

So we will have to continue to learn to think for ourselves and to share news and information with each other over the Internet.

In the end, we will all be much better off being unplugged from “the matrix” anyway.

  • Maneb

    No sympathy for the mainstream media! They fully deserve their demise. There is NO real investigative journalism these days. Just propaganda.

    • Mike Smithy

      I sense desperation by the Ministry of Propaganda because they are once again threatening to resurrect the fairness doctrine.

      • laura m.

        Agree, thru the decades I’ve known and tried to inform others about the global elite, to no avail.
        There is no viable political or ballot box solution at this point as most all people refuse to see it or in denial. Patriots work to incl those online web sites, speakers conferences, etc. have been in vain; acommpllishing zero. Live for self and family and prep. have close like minded friends. Raising a family is useless with a zero future.

        • Mike Smithy

          Keep the faith Laura. The deniers scoffed at Noah as well.

      • Priszilla

        Wrong approach.

        He who controls the economy controls everything.

        Hence, focus on economic independence.

        As long as you need to work for someone else, and feed politicians from your income, you are not independent.

        Reduce your recurring expenses, reduce your need for recurring income, reduce your tax payments.

        And only elect non-millionaires into office.

        Every time there is an election and no poor guy is standing for election, elect all of them and make your vote invalid.

        • nekksys

          “As long as you need to work for someone else, and feed politicians from your income, you are not independent.”

          Well said. Very well said.

        • Dan1959

          “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws” — Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

      • nekksys

        Agreed.

      • ThisOldMan

        I suggest you buy one of those lots in Panama.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite are long gone, sadly…

      • Mike Smithy

        For the most part, Journalism is dead and no longer an honorable profession. Last year, my college age nephew told me that he was majoring in Journalism. I gave him a disappointed nod and suggested that there is more honor among drug dealers than Journalists.

  • Bill

    The stats for the news media are most likely kept by the guy doing unemployment numbers.

    If Harry Reid has his way and limits political speech we won’t need the lame stream media.

  • Paul

    What I would like to know is number of website hits for CNN, Fox, and MSNBC’s sites during the past 3 years. With the emergence of Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn people are socializing and commenting more via the web. Even though it makes me sick I still visit CNN’s website. I saw thousands and thousands of comments related to the Donald Sterling story. So in my opinion the mainstream media monster is still alive and thriving. Perhaps the people get their news has changed.
    There are still millions of sheeple out there who regurgitate over and over again how the unemployment rate is really 6.3%.

    • JailBanksters

      I will occasionally look at the CNN site, just to see what’s Important at the Cartoon News Network compared to RT there’s a huge difference. There’s a difference between reading and looking. The numbers on the MainStain Media are still quite high, but they are slowly being eroded away bit by bit, while numbers on Alternative News are Increasing.

    • krinks

      No way. When it comes to real news worth sharing I have never seen the need to share an article from one of them, not once. Anyone that does or still visits them doesn’t know what is really going on.

  • Bill

    Soon the net will be gagged.

  • alan

    Cut and Paste! You only need a GED to qualify!
    I always tell people CNN and Fox are the same thing and they get mad. Soon sites like this one will labelled as propaganda and terrorist.

    • peace angel

      NO reason to get mad because you are wrong. I have done news research in politics and there are huge differences between the two. I have to watch MSNBC, CNN and FOX daily and the reporting is nothing the same between the all liberal networks and FOX.

      Murdoch is a Bilderberger so I do not defend him, but CNN and MSNBC NEVER have any people on from the GOP and FOX has lots of liberals ON STAFF and they debate the issues on MOST of the programs. THEY also have lots of liberal politicians on DAILY and CNN and MSNBC to worst never do this and have NO conservatives on staff or in the field. THEY are all puppets for their party.

      THE NDAA act of 2011 already makes speaking out against the POTUS or his admin a domestic terrorist act and Obama passed an executive order making it unlawful also.

      The NDAA act of 2011 makes this site and all of us who speak against the POTUS and his administration a domestic terrorist act already. Obama also passed an executive order making all our speech against him an act of terror and he is rounding up domestic terrorists nationwide for many reasons, like for being a war vet, or collecting rain water in a barrel or for holding prayer meetings in your home or for stockpiling more than 7

    • TooLittleTooLate

      I have see FOX spin a few stories and mislead by not telling the whole story on a few but, IMHO, it’s still far better than the other networks.
      My biggest problem is that there are no more investigative reporters. The level of corruption that could be reported on is astounding…. ( and could be fixed by public outcry )
      The fox is truly guarding the hen house now… the media is no longer a check on govt. abuse of power…. it’s complicit and in some cases, it spreads lies.

  • Anthony

    CNN died when they transformed themselves into a pro homosexual network that devotes way to much time to homosexual issues while sidelining real news. Their hosts are outspoken homosexuals, and most guests and experts are extreme liberals.

    • SpunkyBunks

      When are you coming out of the closet?

      • Faith in humanity lost

        If there’s nothing wrong with being gay, why are you accusing him of it like there is?

    • davidmpark

      Heterophobic propaganda, mostly.

      • Anthony

        Would be nice to have a news outlet that just reported the straight facts with no bias or opinion. All of the news outlets are slanted left or right and rarely give us all the facts or just bypass stories that dont promote their views.

        • davidmpark

          Don’t and can’t exist; I’m sorry. News media is a for-profit venture. That’s why we have freedom of the press; to ensure that truth does eventually get through.

          • nekksys

            True. Part of the issue is the AP (Associated Press) and their liberal slant. In order to keep production costs low, most newsrooms do away with local reporters and just use AP stories.

        • rogdix

          Go PressTV, or nearly as good, RT.

          • Anthony

            Ive seen both and they are Biased also, Russia Today is heavy on America Bashing and only concentrates on the bad and never the good. PressTV, beamed straight from Tehran, ill pass, propaganda in its truest form, especially since they were cut from the UK market.

            All you can really do is watch and read all thats out there and try to read between the lines and formulate your own opinion.

    • Mondobeyondo

      To say that the decline of an entire network is due to their hosts and executives being of a particular sexual orientation – that’s painting that network with a very broad brush. No, the real reason (my opinion only!) is that they are catering to the lowest common denominator. People tune in to news about Kim Kardashian. So they post stories about Kim Kardashian.

      • Anthony

        You dont feel that CNN has become pro homosexual over the past few years?

      • Dan1959

        I hope Kim and Kanye Kardashians wedding will be televised.

    • Gay Veteran

      bilge

    • Dan1959

      Don’t forget about endless 24/7 Flt 370 coverage.

      • Anthony

        or the non stop Trayvon Marton coverage.

  • geo wells

    People finally have tired of all the lies and misinformation. This is good.

    • jaxon64

      I hope you’re right. I knew that objective, investigative reporting was dead when news stations and news papers actually had the unmitigated gall to come out with who they were supporting during an election !! ( enter jaw dropping emoticon here)
      Seriously….NBC,MSNBC, CNNBC, Washington Post, NY Times, Time magazine etc..etc etc–all come out and state an official stance— ” we are supporting/endorsing Obama for President”—and at that point, why would any discerning American believe a word they report???
      I believe I saw a Fairness In Media report which showed that 96% of reports/stories that included Obama or his beliefs were spoken of in the positive at NBC/Tiumes and affiliates while only 12% of Romney pieces spun him with a neutral or positive light….maybe it is Obama himself that has caused so much of this turning away?
      The media portrayed Obama as some kind of messianic figure—yet now many of those 18 to 21 year olds are nearing 30 and their lives are screwed with burgeoning debt, no jobs and straddled with mandatory health care costs that ensure their poverty. I know of dozens of former Obama supporters in this age group who now do not even want to hear the man’s voice in sound bites–and they remember the MSM who shilled this con man on them.

      • geo wells

        Fraud, lies and misinformation. People are tired of it. Media masters are masters of propaganda and we all need to get into counter speech to break the hold of the brainwashing we have been victimized by over the past 60 years. People are waking up, so the anti-white elites will become more aggressive which will help wake people up further.

  • Syrin

    The REAL question is when are they going to take our borrowed Chinese dollars, printed Federal Reserve dollars, and tax dollars to bail out these failed mouth pieces of the gov’t?

    And yes, the state media is dying which is why they are trying to shut down
    the internet so they can control the propaganda. Too many people are
    awake for the comfort level of the gov’t. (Not you GARY. You’re
    still a sleeping dumb ***).

    • Kent Harris

      Gary2 and his buddies on the left still thinks that when they hear ‘stick it where the sun doesn’t shine’ means their monthly government check.

      • Hammerstrike

        Stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

        The platform of homosexual activism.

        • Gay Veteran

          looks like you stuck your head where the sun doesn’t shine

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    News! You talkin’ ’bout news?!?!? (Channeling Alan Iverson’s “practice” rant, sorry) Seriously, most young people and a lot of old ones get happy, enjoyable, funny news in the form of satirical comedy from Jon Stewart, Colbert, Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and the like. It makes an audience feel superior to think they’re on the opposite side of any person or issue who’s being mocked as the butt of the joke. . . even if they don’t have a clue themselves. Just look at some of the answers to questions posed by Jay Leno or Jesse Watters. Watch and listen as Diane Sawyer talks to you like kindergarten students while she tells you about that kitty the nice fireman rescued in her world news report. They live among us and they vote.

    • Orange Jean

      Agreed! And the long-term effect of this on people is just bad…

      Yesterday, 3 of my co-workers spent time yukking it up laughing at a story one of the women told about how she asked another women if she was pregnant… only to find that woman had bloating due to severe kidney disease. The 3 of them kept laughing about it, even when I called them out on it!

  • FDominicus

    Would be a good thing if they were.

  • David Hammond

    It’s all scripted anyways. If you like fiction writing you might as well go read a good book or watch a movie, rather than cable news.

  • K2

    Even major internet news outlets are corporate owned.

  • jakartaman

    My TV goes from FOX to National Geograthic to History stations to sports. I have not wached any of the other propaganda stations in over 25 years. They have dumbed down their content to match their liberal viewership.

    • krinks

      Try RT America. They alone expose the truth when it comes to the west without bias. Pravda online is good for the same reason.

      • anon

        They are ALL biased. It’s just a matter of how much and in what direction. I do agree however, RT America, PressTV, Al Jezera (sp?) can all give you a different perspective as to how the world really is.

        • nekksys

          Just to enlighten and edify you: it’s “Al Jazeera”

          Hope that helps in future discussions!

        • rogdix

          RT and PressTV Iran great. Al Jazeera from Qatar, – no.

      • Priszilla

        add english peopledaily com cn

        they also used to have a good discussion forum, but it is now spammed, no more discussions there.

  • marc

    PRESSTITUTES

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    The MSM swirls in the Toilet Bowl of Doom as it should.

  • K

    This is a two factor situation. 1. Some people have awakened to the fact that they are just MOP(Ministry of Propaganda). 2. So many are hiding there heads in the sand, they will not watch anything, that might be news. The second group, is far larger than the first.

  • Patrick

    People are starting to wake up finally! I am shairing this website with all my friends and family in hopes that they will start to wake from their slumber of lies and deceit from the Cabal.

    We need our contry back just as our four fathers of the constitution envisioned.

  • Nonameamerican

    The news media is the best propaganda pushers the government can buy. I hope the news jocks now join the rest of the ranks of the unemployed. Let’s see if they enjoy the crap that they spread.

  • Rzhayutik

    Sounds good. But now we don’t see the US major Liberal media as dead. They are still flourishing with their disgusting lies and fables and are seeking to invent new fables regarding home things and the world. We need to see real signs of the end of the Left.

    • Cathy Pool

      Fox news is just as evil as the liberal media, if you don’t know that you’re a big part of the problem.

  • Mudpie

    Also, we are getting sick and tired of paying insane cable TV bills! So we are finding other methods of obtaining news and multimedia entertainment.

  • http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com/ “FounderChurch”

    Liberals flourish because Conservative Believers fail to educate themselves and present their case effectively
    WE ARE THE PROBLEM NOT THEM. We won’t organize and discipline ourselves.

  • Realist

    Well, I would say that journalism is pretty much dead, at least in this country, and that the strictly enforced boundaries that “allow” what topics can be covered and how those topics are covered are either outright lies or, at best, half-truths.

    The music industry has long been ceded to the narcissistic avant garde who more than anything desperately want to be regarded as “authentic”. Being “authentic” simply means they get to be proxy “victims” of one or more victim groups, but without any of the genuine deprivations.

    Add to this the sad array of sitcoms and dramas that are used as vehicles for social and cultural indoctrination (especially with libcult dogma), and you have a perfect trifecta that guarantees no one ever succeeds without the pious approval of self-appointed “saviors” who must apportion and distribute success in whatever way makes them feel best about themselves.

    • krinks

      I was thinking the same thing when it comes to top 40 music. Computerized nonsense that they indecipherably grunt over top of as if they are filming a prison rape scene is an assault to good taste. I challenge anyone that listens to this nonsense or any of the illuminati skanks to go check out the local symphony.

      • Mondobeyondo

        Much of today’s Top 40 “music” is not really music. Music is composed by writers with original concepts and ideas, not audio clips or samples from previous artists (who by the way, composed those songs the samples are taken from).

  • davidmpark

    Of course the mainstream media is DOA. They’re no longer credible, affable, or valid.

    Most of my news today comes from my email account. All I did was contact any and all companies, gov agencies, churches, school districts, activist groups, lemonade stands, and such and asked them to put me on their mailing list. Get more info than these news agencies ever get. And most of these press releases and newsletters are condensed into media format anyway; so there’s really no need for traditional media anymore.

    And I know some will say that there’s too much information to go through; I just set my email account to filter what I’m looking for and sort it all into folders. I can peruse it all at my pleasure and find what I want in seconds.

    As for breaking news I have a great homebuilt radio that does all that for me: breaking news, EBS, weather, police band, etc. It also has a CB, wireless telegraph, and a homemade PVC antenna. Most of it is cobbled together from different sources into one unit, but I built the telegraph and antenna. That telegraph is the funnest little thing! Need a license before I can use it, though.

    Let the mainstream media go into decline. Propaganda can be entertaining; just not all the time.

  • Priszilla

    Yes, the Internet has allowed Americans to talk with non-Americans, just like it has opened up China and has allowed Chinese to discuss topics with non-Chinese.

  • DJohn1

    I worked in the composing room of a daily newspaper for 41 years. To this day, that newspaper is still profitable for its owners. For how long that lasts, I simply cannot say, I do not know.
    What has killed the daily newspaper? A lot of things have contributed to the decline and fall of daily newspapers.
    LIABILITY in the courts has something to do with it. The same people that did this are trying to do it to the internet.
    This means canned news from a news network instead of first hand reports. Associated Press (AP) is one of those sources and I have no doubt in my mind that it is Pravda American style.
    FINANCING is another contributing cause. It used to be the entire paper was paid for by Classified Advertising. The market has changed to things like Ebay and dozens of other sources. Retail advertising is too high for most local people. The big companies are going to inserts in full color that no newspaper can afford to pub on their own.
    Sophisticated computer equipment is more expensive than the old fashioned linotype and hot type ever was. The overhead was mostly in the skilled labor to put it out. It has evolved. That statement is no longer completely true. Both Quark Express and Adobe Indesign are now used to produce local advertising in a paper. A lot of it is farmed out to be done in India. I have even seen Office products used to produce a newspaper though it is rare.
    There are few if any hot type productions any more. If there is one it would be in a little country weekly newspaper put out by Mom and Pop operations. Haven’t really seen one in years. A lot of weekly newpapers survived on local events. The ads that financed the paper were local small businesses.
    I am old. I know the business from the newsroom down to the presses that put out a newspaper. We served 6-year apprenticeships. In that time the trade changed to cold type and eventually into on screen production with PCs, Macs, and laser printers.
    The real reason it is all failing is credibility. When they became a government mouthpiece no one would believe anything they had to say anymore.

    • krinks

      Newspapers will survive through its local content that is too small to be covered on the net. I started getting the paper again for the first time since the days I delivered it 30 years ago. The local content is what is important. The rest is old news by the time it hits the porch.

    • Mondobeyondo

      That’s the key word. PROFIT.
      A newspaper (or any news organization) is a business. Businesses are in business to make a profit. The whole “if it bleeds, it leads” thing… is why reporters scramble to get the scoop on a major story. If you’re first, you’ll sell the most papers, get the most revenue, etc. It’s all rigged, and it’s all about money.

  • Rob W

    Fox is probably the most untrustworthy as far as facts go.

    • Mike Smithy

      I am not a fan of any of the propaganda outlets. However, PMSNBC has to be the most intellectually dishonest.

    • krinks

      Nonsense. Any independent study will show Fox goes out of their way to expose “both sides” when it comes to scandals. The rest, especially CNN or MSNBC will NEVER expose a liberal or a Democrat, NEVER. I don’t watch them myself. Truth doesn’t have two sides.

    • LIBERALMENSWALLOWSEMEN_daily

      lmao

      • Rob W

        You got a little Obama juice there on the corner of your mouth. You might want to wipe it off, or not.

  • mistywindow

    Lend verisimilitude to your posts Michael.
    It’s “ARE the main stream media dying?”
    Just saying.

    Campaign to Return to Real English.

  • piccadillybabe

    Cable TV has pretty much priced themselves out of the picture through their incessant need for high profits and not a care in the world for what their customers needed or wanted.
    When times are tough, people get a smart TV and cut the cable cord.
    You can get all the news you want, there are thousands of channels to chose from, not to mention radio stations on the internet which giving a more real side of the story. Podcasts abound with new and interesting people talking about really fascinating subjects. These people have written books on their subjects, are highly educated and know what they are talking about, the truth behind the scenes. They are not some slick pretty face with expensive clothes you see on CNN or FOX news you find hard to take seriously, generally are cronies of cronies from DC, New York, Chicago or LA and make tons of money “to perform,” look good and say what they are told to.
    Basically people have choices now days in terms of what they can watch or not watch.

  • Imaplaneiac

    Being a Conservative, I can no longer tolerate Faux ( aka Fox ) OLDS. That’s correct, ” OLDS “@. Their, so-called,” news ” is the same old CRAP repeated day after day; a litany of scandals, crime, terrorism!! That’s NOT ” news ” I want to hear about EVERY day!! I can’t find an e-mail address on their web site; to which I can write to express my feedback to

  • peace angel

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD TRY TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER.

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD STOP LYING

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD STOP ALL ENTERTAINMENT NEWS AND ONLY REPORT REAL NEWS.

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD TALK ABOUT AGENDA 21, NDAA ACTS, PATRIOT ACT, OBAMACARE, EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT HAVE OVERTURNED OUR CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS, AND THOSE THINGS MICHEAL AND MANY OF OUR VETS SPEAK ABOUT ON THEIR WEBSITES.

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD TRY TALKING ABOUT BENGHAZI, FAST AND FURIOUS, THE VA SCANDAL THAT HAS SPREAD TO 19 STATES TODAY.

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD REPORT ON THE LIES BEING TOLD BY OBAMA AND HIS MINIONS AND THEIR LIES WHICH ALL LEAD BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD JUST TRY THE TRUTH FOR A CHANGE.

    WE HAVE CATASTROPHIC PROBLEMS IN THIS NATION AND THEIR PARTISANSHIP SERIOUSLY ADDS TO THE PROBLEM. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR PARTISANSHIP IN NEWS UNLESS IT COMES DIRECTLY FROM A POLITICIAN. PERIOD.

    MAYBE THEY SHOULD NOT GET ALL THEIR NEWS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND DO SOME REAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FOR A CHANGE.

  • Mondobeyondo

    CNN (the Official Missing Malaysian Airlines Jet Network) has lost a great deal of credibility in the past 15 years or so. They used to be a reputable, reliable news source. These days, it’s basically the news equivalent of TMZ. Not much hard news to be found there.

  • Quitthevictimhood

    MSM run by you know who are finally being recognized for their lies and deception….they can go to he!!

    • Cathy Pool

      Are we still that afraid that we can’t say who you know who is? Scream it from the rooftops, plaster it everywhere you go. IT’S THE JEWS PEOPLE, THE JEWS!!

  • FortuneSeek3rz

    I’ve never been more disappointed in the mainstream media than in the last half decade or so. The coverage of Trayvon Martin incident was at best negligent and at worst an attempt to start a civil war.

  • Just Bob

    Meanwhile Alex Jones goes to print last year and is selling out.

  • Bubba Johnson

    It was a disgusting awful video that made people distrust the MSM.

  • M&M

    Bravo !!!!

  • Anthony

    Thank god im retired now and live far far away from all of it.

  • DJohn1

    The way to make a successful publication of a newspaper today is to change the management of the newspaper and orient it differently than they are currently doing.
    What my paper did was to produce 8 zones in the city neighborhoods. Every Thursday, they publish nothing in those zones but local news concerning where you live and what is happening in your neighborhood.
    Each zone has its own local advertising by small businesses and large. It is produced close to cost. If a retail column inch is $50 in a normal paper covering the entire city. You can advertise in the zone for $10 a column inch.
    And it varies by zone. Some are more, some are less expensive.
    The same paper has a number of slicks inserted into the paper from major advertisers in full color.
    At cost advertising, local news, and Johnny down the street just got his picture in the paper for winning in his little league or the local high school basketball game . . . leads to a public service that is hard to beat.
    It also means little league advertisers get a chance to market their products. Zone classifieds can mean garage sales at a fraction of the cost of advertising them in a regular edition of the news. Many a small advertiser started in zone advertising and advanced up to regular retail in as little as a few years.
    One grocery store I used to build for every week actually had a 19% increase in business using the zones.
    The reason newspapers are failing is the management needs original thinking and ideas to flow with the times.

  • davidmpark

    What I love to see is that so many outlets are owned by 6 large conglomerates. (Before you send your post calling me a corporate hack, wait for the finish) The reason for this happiness is because those that got consumed by the conglomerates could not survive as an independent agency. Now, as Mike demonstrated here, the conglomerates are failing. The bigger they are – the harder they fall. Why? because of the same reason everyone else is failing right now; they sold their soul.

    Let’s be honest – the media is censored and always has been. That is the nature of commercial news: they are there to make money. Advertisers want to sell ads where they’ll be seen by the target audience, and they don’t like bad things said about their product by investigative reports. And many news agencies sell what’s called “bait”: ads within a news story. The shows, the news, the websites – everything is designed and intended to sell you products.

    Until now. What’s new here and why I think they sold their souls, is because they actually did. Environmentalism, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, anti-traditional family, anti-human – you name it; they’re doing it. A lot of this is offensive to the majority of the country and most of their viewers. The media is the only industry where they badmouth and demean their own customers and expect an income. And what is to desired outcome from this spoilage of their credibility and incomes? Baal worship. That’s the only reasonable explanation for their actions.

    No one in their right mind would throw away billions of dollars worth of advertise, any semblance of credibility, and prostitute themselves out as political hacks. I’d have taken the money, fulfilled a part of the news reporting, and allowed the competition to fill the other parts. That was the original model. They are failing, alienating their customers, burning their bridges, and all presenting the same exact product.

    They must be abandoned to fail – it’s a kindness.

  • Hiroshi Yamamoto

    Mainscream Media are already dead.
    Dead media for brain-dead sheeple.
    Go find some more valuable source of information than foxy Weasel News or See NNothing.

  • Bill

    Critical thinking is the best medicine for complacency.

  • davidbyrden

    If I wanted to preserve a mainstream news organisation in the age of blogs and tweets, I would – long ago – have asked myself what is the thing that I can provide, but they can’t.

    And my answer is; honest journalism. The ONE thing that my organisation can provide, is trustworthy news. I could have internal checks, regulators, rules and certifications. I could back up this with my organisation’s long-term reputation. Tweeters are anonymous, individual and temporary. I could build, and sell, a level of trust that they can’t. And so I would stay afloat in a sea of dubious news.

    But if this article is correct, the U.S. mainstream media have already sold their lifeboat.

    • Mondobeyondo

      You’re on to something I think.

      News is news. If the Hindenburg crashes and burns, it’s news. The facts don’t change. The difference is how you report/receive it. You’ll get different perspectives from the New York Times, Russia Today, anonymous tweets, Facebook posts, the Drudge Report, the Village Voice,Pravda, the BBC, etc. etc.
      Some sources are more reliable than others.

      The tweeters have their faults to be sure, but they were there first (most of them).They were at the scene of the event, etc. As a general rule, I tend to believe the first reports of any major story.. Because it’s most likely the truth.

    • TooLittleTooLate

      what’s missing is the news story behind the news and all the news that never makes the news…. of course, doing that could be dangerous these days.

  • chilller

    Without advertisers the MSM is obviously supported entirely by the oligarchy. They will shut down internet news before releasing their grip. MSM will collapse without their support.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Ratings. A lot of it (if not all) is about the ratings.

      Advertisers get paid according to how many people tune in to the “newscasts” their ads are featured on. The more viewers, the more money. That’s as simple as I can make it.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Hold on, gotta check my Facebleech updates..

    John Doe poked you
    Charles Manson stabbed you
    2 requests to play Candy Crush Saga

    Okay, I’m back.
    ————–
    The mainstream media is playing frantic “catch-up” to the alternative online media. For the most part, it’s already too late. The cat’s out of the bag.

    BUT – the mainstream media does still have one ace in the deck. They can vet and verify their sources. Drudge can’t do that, as far as I know. RT (Russia Today) can, though. So can the Daily Mail in the UK.

    • Mike Smithy

      You raise an excellent point Mondo. I feel as if I am living in an upside down world and never dreamed that we would someday reach the point where Russia Today (RT) has more credibility than any other American media outlet. If he were alive to see it, Saul Alinsky would be so proud of the American media sellouts.

  • Hammerstrike

    youtube. c o m / watch?v=p0j0lO7uQBo

    Yes! Yes!

  • TooLittleTooLate

    Yes, it’s all true. Six corporate interests control or… attempt to control what you get to learn and shape the arguments… they are all corrupt and serve their masters….. On the plus side…. The entire Bundy ranch fiasco may have had a completely different outcome if the protesters did not have igagets recording every confrontation. The way we get news is changing… information is instant now. It comes out so fast that the usual players can’t contain the story the way they once did. They can still refuse to air the story but, we’re becomming less and less dependent on the MSM and, that isn’t a bad thing, IMO. If a story gets attention now, it’s recorded and emailed around to millions in a matter of hours.

  • libertees

    Yes, turns out that old saying about fooling some of the people was true.

  • Mondobeyondo

    News = entertainment, and vice versa.
    It’s what the people want, and that’s what we’re getting.

    We live in a culture where every other head and neck is turned downward at a smartphone. Where a video of a cat attacking a dog biting a kid goes viral on YouTube, and makes national network news. A society desensitized to violence, thanks to “Call of Duty”, “Grand Theft Auto”, etc.

    What do you EXPECT would happen??

  • Mondobeyondo

    Sounds a lot like Rome, circa 400 A.D.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Remember that embarrassing moment when Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC broke away from an interview with Democrap Jane Harman (they were talking about the NSA) to cut to info on Justin Bieber’s arrest? That tells you everything you need to about the mainstreammedia, or as Gerald Celente calls them, “the presstitutes.” The Banana Republic of America grows worse and worse with each passing day, while the presstitutes babble on about Justin Bieber and other nonsense. Keep Boobus America (as the late Libertarian talk show host Irv Homer used to say) dumb and illiterate, keep Boobus America under your boot while you kick the crap out of them.

    “The brainwashing media machine has been turned up on high, and it’s time for the humanity to double down on the true people’s media and strike back against the tyrants that are destroying our civilization with their lies and fraud. We are the resistance. You are the resistance. You are the infowar.”—Alex Jones

    “America is in a steady decline. It’s in front of everybody’s eyes, and no one wants to call it what it is. It’s going to continue on a downward spiral.”—Gerald Celente

    But what happens when the smartphone zombies can no longer afford food or “breaking news” on Bieber? That’s when we’ll see a major bloodbath in this Third World septic tank.

  • Pam

    Just recently cancelled Direct TV. Should have done it long ago but wasn’t sure we would like nothing but dvd’s. And yes Fox News is as bad as any of the others.

  • Mark C. Danzig

    “CNBC…the fastest growing network on television!!!” -ad seen on CNBC…….ha haha! rofl….

  • RedPillPlease

    More Americans than ever are losing faith in the
    establishment-controlled media and are seeking out alternative sources
    of information.

    Finally some good news for a change!

  • Georg Dirr

    No more spoon fed globalist news YAY.

  • Girish Jois

    They have gone from providing NEWS to providing “views”, hence the downturn !

  • Doug David

    None of the big cable news networks report news anymore. Show me one network that has a couple of anchors sitting at a desk reporting the goings on around the world. There aren’t any. They’ve all become talk shows with a bunch of “experts” sitting around spewing forth the garbage of the party line that each network is affiliated with. It’s all politics, and all garbage. That’s why people are tired of it and tuning out. People want to see what’s going on in the world, without being preached at every night about the faults in the ways of the opposing party. When they actually start reporting news again, maybe their ratings will improve.

  • Sorensen

    MSM has faithfully provided you with a view of the world that serves western world interests for many years and they should be congratulated. What are we going to do without their programming? I am not used to having to fend for information myself but I suppose I will have to go to the internet which of course it is not as reliable, so will have to think for myself….it is going to be tough!

  • nekksys

    I work for a newspaper and see declining subscriptions due to two primary factors: young people who do not subscribe and mortality of the elderly who are subscribers. These two do play an important role in the newspaper numbers. Again, young people tend to get their news from alternative sources if they pay attention to news events at all. And, as though it needs said, a dead subscriber doesn’t pay anyway…

    However, there is one trend I have noted in broadcast news: Increased exposure of government waste, fraud and abuse. To me, this is a case of too little, way too late. It’s like the cancer patient who believes they can wish or will the disease away only to find they’re now in stage 4B and have no hope of survival. The mainstream broadcast news is trying desperately to draw in new viewers but, unfortunately, their bell is tolling and time is running out.

  • Randy Townsend

    Can’t remember the last time I watched “the news”… And I don’t miss it. Pravda has nothing on the major networks/newspapers… Let them die – they deserve it. Perhaps the “journalists” can get a job in the Obama administration (after all, they’ve worked for this guy for 7 years, may as well get paid directly…).

    • Kun Tewk

      Oh I think Pravda much more informative that the USA major networks.

  • commiepig

    In short, yes it is. The reason? They lie and underestimate the the human being.

  • Rogoraeck

    When it’s dead & buried. Let me know. I’ll crack a bottle of Champagne & have a toast that they’ll rot in hell beyond eternity!

  • willyuo

    I don’t watch TV news, but a friend was watching as I visited. I certainly learned how to cook a rice dinner, keep my closet organized, what TV stars were up to, a little sports info and what the interest rates were on new cars.
    None of which is important to real life Americans and their concern of losing their country to a regime.
    There is no news on TV.

  • Undecider

    Dying, maybe. Failing, no even. The MSM influence on the pubic is strong as ever. People are dumb as a box of rocks.

  • James Godin

    It is said that the gay population lives an an average life span of 20-24 years less than the average person, cannot the same be said for a Gay network? The Criminal News Network has been caught lying,proving false video, & for the most part showing their bias, through the use of know-nothing talking heads who have the hands of a woman & probably use a bathroom where they can pee sitting down. Remember this is the same network that brought you vile individuals like Queers Morgan, & the girly man himself Anderson Cooper the spoon fed guy who tries to act tough in an adult diaper. His day was over when he caught faking a boys “rescue” in some alleged war zone. I got good news this week, I heard Wal-Mart may be going out if business & now this. If only I heard Pelosi dropped dead or Obama had a stroke this could be the best week ever. Straight Pride!

  • Bruce Wayne

    mainstream Lies media which thwarted Benghazi, and hypes global warming without recognizing the large body of top scientists who show that real science deny’s man made global warning

    Don’t waste time watching main stream news

  • VIDGMER

    I refuse watching the american Asian and Mexican anchors faces on TV news like that. Because they are not born the natural political reporters since their countries never been united, but diverts itself.

  • margsview

    So far, the Western media is so out of touch they are the latest joke source. Seems most are tired of nameless victims the US/EU throws as proof they were there—but most believe they not only contrive the conflict they are cold blooded enough to constantly benefit from it. Too much shame to even …….

  • margsview

    In plain words the main stream media is not only liable their no longer valid as sources or analysis. Do all a favor, stay with the corporate entities you truly represent —-you no longer matter.

  • margsview

    Depends on who you qualify as ‘the main stream media’. Media has always been up for grabs by the monied owners who hid behind their more controversial articles. Nothing is different, those that pay have not right to hide or reduce their content to appease similar vested interests. No one is worried, most viewers have found other sources and means to feel comfortable about their aims to investigate no matter, who or what ,,,,,,,,,All my best to those who have better instincts than most of the rest of us….bless you.

  • Centurion53

    The REAL reason for their declining influence is that most Americans see how Far Left Liberal/Progressive the MSM has become. The Fourth Estate is nothing more than a propaganda arm….and in essence, they are Left Wing Cheerleaders for Comrade Obama and the Demo Rat Party!!

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