It’s Not the Mainstream Media … It’s the OLD News

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Average Fox News Viewer is 65 … Other Corporate News Networks Aren’t Far Behind

The average age of Fox News watchers is 65.  As Hollywood Reporter notes:

In a survey released by analyst Steve Sternberg, Fox News has the oldest audience among fully distributed cable networks. The network’s average viewer last season was 65 years old, according to Nielsen. Heck, it’s viewers are even older than viewers of Hallmark Channel, Military Channel and Golf Channel.

Hollywood Reporter notes that the other corporate news networks are greying as well:

CNN wasn’t far behind, though — its average audience was 63. MSNBC was a perky 59.

State of the Media points out:

The Pew Research Center’s biennial consumption survey is conducted in even years. In 2010, the average age of a regular evening news consumer was 53, seven years older than the average American.

This is largely due to the greying of tv audiences in general as Baby Boomers age.  The U.S. population has been getting older and older.

As the National Institutes of Health notes:

The first of the postwar baby boom cohort, born 1946–1964, will turn 55 years in 2001. In just three decades, an extraordinary change in the age structure of the United States is anticipated. By 2030, one in five persons (20% of the U.S. population) will be aged 65 or older, increasing from the present ratio of one in nine persons (12.8%). The number of persons in the 65 and older age group will more than double, increasing from the current 34 million persons to 70 million persons. Moreover, within the older segment of the population, because of longer life expectancy and additional persons reaching older ages, there will be age shifts resulting in the 85 and older population more than doubling in size from 4.3 million persons to approximately 8.9 million persons.

(See this and this for the effect of an aging population on the economy.)

So the average aged viewer will keep on rising for news conveyed on the “dinosaur media“.

And the young get their news more from the web, including mobile devices and social media.

A 2012 study by Pew found (via Poynter):

TV remains the most popular source of news, but its audience is aging: “Only about a third (34%) of those younger than 30 say they watched TV news yesterday; in 2006, nearly half of young people (49%) said they watched TV news the prior day,” the report says.

Twenty-eight percent of people 18-29 reported they watched local news regularly. In 2006, the report notes, that figure was 42 percent.


More people under 25 get news from digital (60 percent) than “traditional” sources such as TV, radio and print (43 percent).

But it’s also a question of loss of interest in all news sources by young people.  For example, Pew finds (with commentary from Poynter):

Fully 29% of those younger than 25 say they got no news yesterday either from digital news platforms, including cell phones and social networks, or traditional news platforms. That is little changed from 33% in 2010.

As before, the time people 18-29 spend consuming news, on average, is far lower than other groups. News sources are competing with social networking for the attention of people under 25, the study found: “as many used Facebook or another social networking site yesterday as got news from all sources combined (76% vs. 71%).”

Only 5 percent of people under 30 reported they follow news about “political figures and events in Washington” very closely.

The root problem is that young people have lost trust in the “old” media … and in the political system.

The dinosaur media is always pro-war, and happily trumpets disinformation about supposed enemies to drum up support for new wars.  Even after the Iraq WMD propaganda was thoroughly debunked, the old media is at it again (and then there’s war-o-tainment.)

Old media also spouts economic propaganda on a daily basis.

The young people aren’t buying it …  No wonder a funny man – Jon Stewart –  is the main tv news source for young people.

Postscript: Given that the top experts in every field have their own blogs, people who want real news can cut out the middleman … and read the experts’ insights direct and unfiltered.  See this, this and this.

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  • it is an encouraging sign isnt it?

    to see something which should perish fall from favor – and not just with the 4chanized btard iPhone peripherals that pretend to be human beings… not just those half-mad, half-robots, buzzing and clicking already like some post-human non-future, no.

    with us

    with a growing minority of human beings who have the FUCKING BALLS to make a critical, rigorous reinterpretation of the planet, the species, life, and history itself.

    we are awake today, all too awake and we march as if to a new drum. we have found all of our heritage and like some new renaissance we cannot yet look back upon and are still too caught up in to see, everything is Actually changing (just as the external lie of change that is actually all downstream phenom for implementation of a one world government etc. hits a crescendo), new ideas and new values are being born here.

    i feel like we have humbled ourselves before the ages and we stand here asking questions that have gone unanswered for millennia – only now as it is darkest do we have a real chance at freedom for the first time on this planet.

    and there is no other planet

    we are alone in a vast, chaotic sea

    we are like irresponsible gardeners as yet – but i see it, i see an entire culture of responsibility emerging, people who actually are their brother’s keepers

    fox news, rupert fucking murdoch’s shit stain newscorp division, had to play with fire and put judge nap on for like five fucking seconds before canning his show (they kept him in the basement with an internet show most of his tenure ;0), kind of proves the general hypothesis here quite well i think

    its not just the neurosynaptical zombies who no longer can even tolerate the old media, its us too

    we have a real opportunity here to hijack the hijackers and take back the fourth estate for the little guy Globally through hard work, many hands, not being beholden to a corporation that sucks ass, charisma, and being on the money.

    i really just want to encourage everyone who reads zero hedge to get out there, start a blog, educate people, make youtube videos, whatever – on the day it all pops and we hit a Political Activity breaking point you will see the emergence of a real third party etc.

    its amazing the way they have focus grouped the controlled oppositional framework into existence though. its like the GOP lineup for PUTS 2012, it was engineered to distract from ron paul then fail to the main NWO puppet soetoro – they literally gfot a diet coke, pepsi, 7-up, dr. pepper array of shit to chose from all of whom were chosen to also be too weak to actual fuck with the rigged election system (gotta keep those margins clean, what if we got one of our less educated stable of acolytes in on accident, helll, we might have to send em to Dealey Plaza and shit).

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