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Study: Network News Viewers at All-Time Low; Half under Age 30 Never Watch News
CNS News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Barbara Boland

Posted on 01/12/2014 12:37:59 PM PST by Zakeet

Network news viewers are declining in unprecedented rates, from an average of 48 million nightly network news viewers in 1985 to 24.5 million in 2013, according to Pew Research analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.

Young people aged 18-29 are the least likely to watch network news regularly (only 11 percent did so in 2012), and 49 percent of people in this age group say they never watch the news.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bias; media; msm; viewers
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We finally found something that we're good at ... losing credibility!

1 posted on 01/12/2014 12:37:59 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I never watch any TV news any more


2 posted on 01/12/2014 12:40:29 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Zakeet

Have read that the grunge generations think the Comedy Channel shows are legitimate news, that is where they get their opinions.........


3 posted on 01/12/2014 12:40:31 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

Don’t forget online sources like Yahoo News, Bing, and others.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 12:42:14 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: doorgunner69
And why not? They are at least as accurate and unbiased as the

Obama Media Group photo Obama-Media-Group.jpg

5 posted on 01/12/2014 12:44:38 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don't all have one neck.)
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To: Zakeet

No surprise. Most younger folks are cutting loose, what they watch comes from Hulu, DVDs and the like.

The mainstream press has been the propaganda arm of the DNC for so long, I stopped watching years ago.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 12:45:56 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: Zakeet
Network Newscasts: I offer you below a typical member of your rapidly declining audience.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 12:46:11 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Zakeet
the share of Americans who regularly watch a nightly network news program – ABC, CBS, and NBC – has declined from 60 percent in 1993 (the earliest available measure) to just 27 percent in 2012.

And that's the way it is.

I tried to remember, back when I had tv, the last network newscast I watched...I can't be sure. I think it was in the previous century.
8 posted on 01/12/2014 12:48:22 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Zakeet

I’ve mentioned this dozens of times on FR, same thing with newspapers.

Yet so many want to avoid social media thus allowing the progressives to indoctrinate our millenials.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 12:50:38 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: doorgunner69
Exactly! Which is why the Right needs to develop it's own versions of Comedy Central, and their own hoists to counter Jon Stewart and that idiot Colbert. The only way we're ever going to reach and deprogram Generation.com is through pop culture, 'cause they don't watch or listen to anything else!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

11 posted on 01/12/2014 12:52:38 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: Zakeet

Study: Network News Viewers at All-Time Low; Half under Age 30 Never Watch News

Its not news. Its all bullcrap propaganda.. Whole news programs are devoted to pushing “climate change” the homosexual agenda, Obamacare etc..


12 posted on 01/12/2014 12:57:39 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: wku man

The lines would practically write themselves... The skits could be about the idiocy of lefty logic


13 posted on 01/12/2014 12:59:03 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: wku man
My brother believes that Sarah Palin said, "I can see Russia from my house."
I say, "That was Tina Fey."
He says, "Nope. I saw it on TV. Palin said it. Now she has to live with it."

Sigh.

14 posted on 01/12/2014 12:59:23 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: abb

Newser losers on a roll ... ping.

15 posted on 01/12/2014 12:59:47 PM PST by Zakeet (If socialists understood economics, they wouldn't be socialists - Friedrich Hayek)
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To: doorgunner69

Yup. And they can tell outrageous lies, and when called on it, claim “hey, we’re just a comedy show; we don’t have to be truthful.”


16 posted on 01/12/2014 1:01:40 PM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: Zakeet

Maybe because there’s not much news to watch?


17 posted on 01/12/2014 1:01:42 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Zakeet

The watch “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”. That’s why they voted like dimwits in the last two elections.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 1:02:35 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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To: Irenic

I’d say it differently — not much news being reported.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 1:02:43 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: Zakeet

And yet....we’re more awash in libtards than ever.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 1:08:32 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Zakeet

I have not watched network news since Election Night 2000. Same with CNN excepting the Gabby Gifford shooting when they had better reporting than did Fox News. Barely watch any Fox News either these days.

I want to know what is happening not some 20 something producer’s interpretation of what’s happening delivered through the mouth of some idiot.

I find my news elsewhere, which does take some effort.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 1:11:01 PM PST by centurion316
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To: ClearCase_guy

You win, you said it much better. :)


22 posted on 01/12/2014 1:13:03 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ASOC
The mainstream press has been the propaganda arm of the DNC for so long

Unfortunately, the DNC has moved on to the entertainment industry to provide their propaganda.

23 posted on 01/12/2014 1:13:42 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: LostInBayport

“I tried to remember, back when I had tv, the last network newscast I watched...I can’t be sure. I think it was in the previous century.”

Me too. If fact way in the last Century.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 1:15:47 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: GeronL
Me neither. Honestly can't remember the last time I watched network news propaganda.
25 posted on 01/12/2014 1:18:02 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’m no fan of $arah Palin,

but when I hear someone repeating that line

as if she’d said it

then I know I’m dealing with a mushhead.

/”mushhead” = worshipper of Oh!Bama!
//Tina Fey was damned funny in that role, nonetheless
///Aristotle taught that the easiest way to destroy a
political opponent was to get people to laugh at them
////learn your history because nothing changes


26 posted on 01/12/2014 1:21:23 PM PST by warchild9
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To: ClearCase_guy

Here’s a link you can show him:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/seealaska.asp

Just saying. Even on Snopes, it says Palin didn’t say it.

She said it was possible to see Russia from Alaska. That is possible.

Tina Fey said she could see Russia from her house.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 1:22:17 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: GeronL

I haven’t seen a 6 PM national broadcast since 9/11. It’s either by accident when someone just changes the channel without my knowing etc but I never do.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 1:24:13 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Zakeet

Gosh, could it be due to the fact that they’re dispensing LEFTIST BULLSHIT has become obvious to even the skulls full of mush??

I’m not holding my breath but there MIGHT yet be hope!


29 posted on 01/12/2014 1:29:57 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: GeronL

“I never watch any TV news any more”

I NEVER WATCH PROPAGANDA ANYMORE


30 posted on 01/12/2014 1:30:22 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Zakeet

I’ve been saying it for some time...every time they carry a body bag out of a nursing home; newspapers lose another subscriber, and network news loses another viewer. Those viewers are NOT being replaced.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 1:30:30 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Zakeet

I can’t remember the last time I saw network news. Who gets their news from that crap anymore?


32 posted on 01/12/2014 1:31:59 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Zakeet

The Flag behind her should either have swastika or a Hammer and sickle.


33 posted on 01/12/2014 1:33:49 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Zakeet

             

34 posted on 01/12/2014 1:33:57 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Zakeet; John Semmens

I thought this was a John Semmens post...


35 posted on 01/12/2014 1:34:03 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Zakeet

“seven in 10 (53 percent) could not identify the picture of Brian Williams”

Seven out of ten is 53% according to the article.

This is part of a long term trend. I don’t know why any intelligent person would waste their time watching the MSM news. I suspect the older people the call viewers just have it on in the background while the are taking a nap. The MSM news certainly is sleep inducing.


36 posted on 01/12/2014 1:35:35 PM PST by detective
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To: null and void

That graphic is old.

Faux joined them long ago.


37 posted on 01/12/2014 1:47:14 PM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Zakeet

Good. It’s all crap. “News Entertainment” killed news reporting.


38 posted on 01/12/2014 2:01:12 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Zakeet

Young Americans under 30 are becoming semi-literate but also have abandoned ‘traditional’ nightly news shows. The propaganda and stale ‘news’ TV offers is being rejected by the majority of Americans. They are even losing the over-65 demographic, likely to attrition. This is good but the success of ‘comedy’ propaganda shows like that of Jon Stewart is taking their place. Meanwhile, the erosion of literacy in America as well as the jumble of opinions and lies on the internet aren’t giving young people a valid source for actual ‘news’. Sure, conservatives and liberals have their own sites but objective reporting is hard to find. Everybody has an ‘angle’. It can get discouraging and apparently many under-30’s are simply opting out.


39 posted on 01/12/2014 2:02:42 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: Jim Scott

The old people are dying off…it is habit with older people..


40 posted on 01/12/2014 2:13:17 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: GeronL

I never watch network news and I’m 56.

All the news worth knowing about is found on Free Republic.


41 posted on 01/12/2014 2:18:44 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory ... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

very true!


42 posted on 01/12/2014 2:23:43 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: wku man
But that's what Governor Palin is doing.

Why do you think Bristol Palin went on "Dancing with the stars?"

Why was Palin one of the first to take full advantage of Facebook and Twitter?

Her "Sarah in Alaska" show also, and then you have the C4P website that does the live-blogging for her and acts as her de-facto secretary.

Republicans should have been doing this, and yes, start making appearances not only on Stewart and Colbert, but on other late-night shows as well.

43 posted on 01/12/2014 2:33:04 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Zakeet

What I find amazing is that the networks are continually paying the news anchors more with each new contract, despite the fact that fewer people tune in year after year. It’s not just the buffoons who get their news from The Daily Show that are stupid, you know. The heads of the network news departments are morons, also, for paying more money in order to attract fewer and fewer eyeballs.


44 posted on 01/12/2014 2:45:40 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Zakeet

Tv news is awful! Especially the alphabet channels.

You get much better news within five minutes on the radio from those stations that still have top of the hour news.

Meanwhile, LBN or FR is great!


45 posted on 01/12/2014 3:05:57 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Still Thinking
And yet....we’re more awash in libtards than ever.

Well, they don't have to watch the news. But they're still required to go to school each day. On balance, much more damaging to the soul than TV.

46 posted on 01/12/2014 3:29:10 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Zakeet

The networks still do news? I did not know that.


47 posted on 01/12/2014 3:31:43 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
What I'm talking about is 100 times bigger than anything that's being done today. Conservatives need to be either buying control of movie studios, record labels, video game production companies, professional sports teams, etc, or starting their own altogether. We need create a whole conservative=patriotic pop culture, with our own versions of Stewart, Colbert, SNL, and a whole slew of actors, actresses, musicians, an so on.

I read a while back that the Koch brothers were buying up liberal newspapers around the country...well that's great, but who reads newspapers anymore? The 50 and older set, which is right now in charge of the nation. What happens, though, when they all retire, and Generation.com takes the reins? Holy crap! If you think tings are bad now, jut wait 'til those know-nothings take over. Think you'll have a happy retirement? Yeah right...they'll raid your 401Ks, portfolios and pensions to pay for runaway Social Security and Mediscare, and the myriad social programs they thought were so cool when they were in their 20s and 30s. The people we need to be reaching are the young people, not those who still read newspapers, belong to the Heritage Foundation, and watch TV news.

What Sarah Palin is doing is a good first step, but it's only a baby step. I think Glenn Beck has made a bigger move in the right direction with his Blaze Network, just he needs some better programming...what he has on now is lame.

I don't know how to go about making it happen, but some enterprising soul out there needs to create a fund through which conservatives can pool their money, to buy control of cable TV systems, TV networks, movie studios, record labels, sports teams, etc. Then they need to find conservative/patriotic artists, and promote them, instead of the likes of Tina Fey, Kanye West and Jon Stewart. Generation.commers aren't going to go looking for their entertainment, they're going to watch what's on when they turn on the TV. They're going to listen to whatever's on their favorite radio station. If we're going to get our conservative/patriotic message out to them, we have to acquire the means to deliver the message, and put it in a package they'll accept.

It's a huge undertaking, but it has to happen...and right freakin' now. Otherwise, we can just kiss our Republic goodbye in 10-15 years , when Generation.com starts getting elected to office. If Generation X (my generation) hasn't blown it all before then, that is.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

48 posted on 01/12/2014 3:42:21 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: 3Fingas
The watch “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”. That’s why they voted like dimwits in the last two elections.

They also think that "60 Minutes" is a news show.

49 posted on 01/12/2014 3:46:40 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ClearCase_guy
Yeah...that would be sad if it weren't so scary.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

50 posted on 01/12/2014 3:51:43 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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