WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS? AND, HOW DEEPLY DO YOUR UNDERSTAND IT?

In America today, and perhaps many other countries, the primary sources for news seems to vary with age. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 40% of Americans get, at least, some of their news on-line.  Considering the primary news sources—TV, Internet, Radio and Print Newspapers—the twenty-somethings get 50% from the internet, and 27% from TV. The 65+ demographic’s primary sources , on the other hand, are 85% TV and 48% newspapers. (Remember: the Pew statistics reflect “Some of their news”, not “Most of their news”).

Over time, as the younger generation grows in proportion to the population, and successive generations follow, this disparity in news sourcing will change even further.  No doubt, this shift in news sourcing is of concern for the Journalism and Media industries; however, given the current heated political environment, this divergence will, no doubt, add more confusion to the election process every four years. The Pew report is linked, as follows: http://www.journalism.org/2016/07/07/the-modern-news-consumer/pj_2016-07-07_modern-news-consumer_1-01/.

To an extent, the differences in where various demographics receive their news will lead to a confusing Tower of Babel; especially, when the complexity of many of today’s major issues is also factored in. Consider what major concerns might face the next President: the Federal budget process; global warming; potential global pandemics; cyber-warfare; nuclear proliferation; and the economy, just to name a few. Listening to, and reading from, knowledgeable and politically-unbiased news sources are the only way to even begin to understand such topics.

Just consider the United Kingdom, where the Brexit Movement caused many working-class Britons to vote, on June 23, to leave the European Union.  Only a few days later, however, once they realized that they had been sold a bill-of-goods, some Brits started marching in the streets, asking to vote again.  Unfortunately, they had not realized when it counted, that the promises they were given were hollow, the economists were right and, by then, the Brexit Leaders had strayed out of the limelight. It was too late!

There’s nothing wrong with whatever you watch or read, from any news source; but, make sure that, when you cast your vote during this coming election, you can decipher between fact and fiction.  For comprehensive analysis on many of the important issues, I would suggest the following sources: NY Times; Washington Post; Chicago Tribune; Miami Herald; CBNC-TV; Bloomberg; AP; The Guardian (UK); the U. S. CDC; the U. S. CFPB; or many other US Government web sites.

NOTE:  Don’t worry about reading a “Mainstream Media” source. In many cases, that’s just political code for saying that it’s reporters ask too many pointed questions.

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  1. #1 by Susan Iseman on October 18, 2016 - 11:36 AM

    So true! I can always tell what news outlet (i.e. Fox) when someone follows based on their views especially in this election. Thanks for sharing the Pew site.

    • #2 by cheekos on October 18, 2016 - 12:59 PM

      Ms. Iseman, several decades back, perhaps pre-Internet, the general newspapers–NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, etc–had a lot of narrowly-focused information–O. J. futures, box-car shipping statistics, wheat projections, etc. In time, to save newsprint (pages printed) most of that was eliminated. No one in their market really read it! Instead, such industry-specific information is published in high-priced, narrowly-focused trade publications. Its still published: its just that it is only available to those who want or need it.

      For instance, the White House Press Corps today has less members. Its mostly the major general publications newspapers, the networks and the wire services. That’s why, in whatever newspaper(s) you read, you will probably see many articles from a majors newspaper (Post, Tribune), a wire service (Bloomberg, AP) or, if the paper is part of a large news corporation (McClatchy, Tribune), it might be their own news service. In effect, the Sacramento Bee doesn’t need to cover a Pentagon briefing if its corporate wire servicer (McClatchy) does.

      That’s all part of the expense cutting. Also, farmers in, let’s say Florida, don’t follow OPEC news or wheat futures–they’d rather know about O. J. statistics–but people in Houston or Nebraska, respectively, might!

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