Thursday, February 9, 2012

Where do you get your campaign news?

If you're like most people, you get your campaign news from cable TV.

That's according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Here's the rundown of where Americans get their campaign news:

Cable TV: 36 percent
Local TV news: 32 percent
Network news: 26 percent
Internet: 25 percent
Newspapers: 20 percent

In other words, TV, whether cable or over the air, dominates the way most Americans follow the presidential campaign.

It's no wonder, then, that we have the most ignorant electorate among nations with legitimate electorates.

Personally, I get my news from the Internet. I peruse news sources like the New York Times, MSNBC and The Oregonian.

Then I go to The Huffington Post for the full range of news they aggregate from the web.

I also check out the Wall Street Journal website, but, since Rupert Murdoch bought the newspaper in 2007, the WSJ is no longer the paper it was. Their best journalists left the sinking ship because they knew Murdoch favored "celebrity gossip" over legitimate news.

I also check our Talking Points Memo, Fox News and Newsvine.

Occasionally, I'll look in at the L.A. Times and the Washington Post. ESPN is always in the mix as is the Eugene Register-Guard.

For tech news, I'll check out Engadget or TechCrunch. Late in the day, I'll go by Digg to see what's trending.

I rarely look at the local websites: KTVZ or The Bulletin.

But, if I'm interested in breaking news, I always go to KTVZ because former Bulletin reporter Barney Lerten covers it like a glove.

The Bulletin has relatively no interest in breaking news or any news that is reported elsewhere. Consequently, the local daily often appears clueless as to what's going on in the world.

Speaking of KTVZ, the station recently went through a self-publicized makeover of its set. Well, all those lines in the background are a complete distraction. It's a wonder that "consultants" are paid good money to come up with something so ridiculous.

As for network TV, I'll check out NBC, then CBS and, occasionally, ABC.

None of them, though, holds a candle to PBS, particularly when Ray Suarez is the anchor.

I watched him tonight moderate a debate over the contraceptive issue and he was, as always, brilliant. Suarez is simply the smartest, most reasonable and most fair newsman in the business today. No one, not even Brian Williams on NBC, comes close.

And, for a fun perspective, I watch The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.

One place I never go to get worthwhile information is cable news: Fox News, MSNBC or CNN.

I rarely watched them when I was signed up to the more expensive cable package. Now that I've downsized my cable package to include just the basis channels, I don't even miss those noise-makers.

CNN used to be a legitimate news source, but when it lost viewers to Fox News and it's opinion-based format, CNN abandoned news in favor of commentary. MSNBC, which is completely different from its online counterpart, is merely the mirror image of Fox News, from the left-wing perspective.

Unlike cable TV viewers, I don't need anyone to tell me what to think. I check everything out and make my own informed decision.

Unfortunately, that is not how most Americans process their news.

They go where their views are reinforced. More often than not, it is Fox News, which is not a credible news source.

A recent survey, by Fairleigh Dickinson University, found that a person who watches Fox News knows less about the world than someone who watches no TV news at all. This comes on the heels of other surveys that also show that Fox News viewers are the most uninformed citizens in America.

In fact, if Fox News is the sole place where a viewer gets his or her news, then that person is a certifiable idiot.

No offense, but we have a lot of idiots claiming to know what's going on in America. And, apparently, they're running for president on the Republican ticket.

1 comment:

  1. WOW! And I thought I was a news junkie!

    I agree that it' sad how uninformed much (most?) of the American public has become. Worse, I see no change but instead more them-against-us "news" in the foreseeable future as that's what brings in viewers and hence advertisement money that keeps our uneducated, unenlightened populace consuming stuff.

    Keep on with your blog. Please.