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News 2012/06/28 16:00:00
CNN reported a massive drop in viewership this year, losing more than a third of its total audience. Fox News, on the other hand, is floating along nicely, only dropping about 1%. But we wanted to know how viewership looked at the ground level. What percentage of the public watches major news networks? We asked the public to find out.

As ratings predicted, Fox News came out on top. However, even more respondents shunned the entire batch. That's evidence of two things. First, the so-called "major" news networks are hardly satisfactory outlets for news. They might have the most viewers, but as with the music charts, a high rating doesn't mean high quality. Second, it suggests most people are getting their news from alternative sources, because it's unlikely all these people are just ignoring world events completely. They're just sick of the major outlets. One commenter put it best: "If I want to hear nothing but lies, I'll talk to my ex wife."

Conservatives Back Fox

Naturally, all of these stations deny these claims of bias. Whether or not that's true is really a matter of opinion, but what is clear is that their viewers do lean. 77% of conservatives voted Fox, compared to 0% of liberals and progressives; 31% of liberals watch CNN or MSNBC, compared to 2% of conservatives. The vast majority of moderates (72%) avoid the major news channels all together.

The Internet Age

The reason "none of the above" was such a popular choice was clear in the age breakdown: People under 35 don't watch the news. Below that age, the difference in support between major networks was negligible. About two-thirds of them refused to pick one. And we think the reason for this is pretty obvious, too. Do they really expect us to wait 'til 11 when we could just check our personalized feed?

Alternative Sources

Simply saying that "the Internet" is an alternative source of news isn't specific enough. We wanted to see what other people were watching specifically. A quick glance through the comments revealed: YouTube, The Onion, Al Jazeera, C-SPAN, local news, college radio, The Weather Channel, and there were even a few hits for The History Channel.

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  • JWnTX 2012/06/28 16:42:07
    Funny how the liberals seem to be the experts on the alleged bias at Fox News, yet they never watch it. Of course, there have been studies--Pew Research, USC, and UCLA studies--that show that of all the networks, cable and broadcast, Fox News was the most balanced in the 2008 election. But don't bother bringing that up to a lib. They're so invested in their alternate reality that they could never bring themselves to admit that they've been wrong. Here's a great insight into the liberal mindset (this particular one refers to the end of the old Soviet Union, but it's just as applicable to our own leftists and their chosen faith):

    Vital resistance and resentment are the two main responses to the events of 1989. Vital resistance: the mind realizes its mistake – it admits, for example, that nationalization of the means of production does not produce a happy society, but rather laziness and constant shortages; it refuses, however, to let go of the idea because of its passionate attachment to it. Existence – adventures, friendships, successes – is nourished and permeated by this belief to such an extent that the belief becomes an identity; the individual cannot renounce it without committing a kind of symbolic suicide. No one can admit… that his existence reflects the echo of a failure.--Chantal Delsol, "Unlearned Lessons of the Twentieth Century"--hat tip to Ward Dorrity

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  • zero biggerman 2012/06/29 07:06:31
    Go Longhorns?
    bush satanic hand
  • Katie1234 zero 2012/06/29 10:47:03
    1 word: photoshopped.
  • zero Katie1234 2012/06/29 18:39:09
  • Katie1234 zero 2012/06/30 22:43:37
  • zero Katie1234 2012/06/30 22:45:45
    You're photoshopped, go photoshop yourself.
  • Katie1234 zero 2012/06/30 22:48:08
    ? u make NO sense. ur just an imature liberal that gets upset when people state facts that u cant stand. just why do i spend time with fools like u?
  • zero Katie1234 2012/06/30 22:54:17
  • Katie1234 zero 2012/07/01 03:20:05
    haha!!! i love how we are both laughing at ur stupidity!!!! ROFL
  • COMALite J zero 2012/07/02 22:55:12
    COMALite J
    That’s not even a Satanist hand symbol! It’s a symbol with multiple meanings in multiple cultures worldwide, many of them involving superstition or outright paganism (Il Cornuto the Hornèd One is a reference to a pagan deity), but actual Satanism is not one of them.

    The University of Texas Longhorns fans use it often (they call it “Hook ’em Horns”), to represent their mascot, the Texas Longhorn breed of cattle:
    fans hook em horns represent mascot texas longhorn breed cattle
  • biggerman zero 2012/06/29 07:00:45
    Ya - Kinda like the National Enquirer and The Globe.
  • zero biggerman 2012/06/29 07:03:27
    Listen and judge for yourself.
  • America... Ballade... 2012/06/29 05:41:41
  • America... zero 2012/06/29 00:10:07
  • zero America... 2012/06/29 02:09:59
    That's the bravest guy in America.
  • Simi Dave 2012/06/28 21:42:07
    Simi Dave
    Like it or not, Fox really isn’t all that conservative. Sure, they have a few conservative talkers who are wildly popular, but the network is only a little right of center. It is just that by comparison to the uber-leftist MSNBC, the leftist CNN and major networks, they appear ultra-conservaative. They are the only centrist or right of center media outlet. No one else comes close to unbiased, as much as they might wish to say they are.
  • denny 2012/06/28 21:41:11
    fox tells the truth. the rest tells what makes odumbbo look good
  • America... denny 2012/06/29 00:10:42
  • betz 2012/06/28 21:36:02
    FoxNews is where I turn for my news. It looks like I'm not alone.
  • America... betz 2012/06/29 00:10:18
  • betz America... 2012/06/29 09:58:46
    Oh ok....thanks for your psychological evaluation of me. Have we met?
  • jeane America... 2012/08/09 07:48:11
    Count me in!
  • lee 2012/06/28 21:34:24 (edited)
    what a shock.. Sodaheads watch Fox News...

    its the Newscorp zombie horde on here.
  • WhereIs... lee 2012/06/29 02:29:58
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Better than a head up your demobutt.
  • RJS 2012/06/28 21:31:46
    Why wasn't Comedy Central an option? (Daily Show / Colbert Report) That's where the youth gets most of their information.
  • lee RJS 2012/06/28 21:35:31
  • michael RJS 2012/06/29 03:27:32
    Weird right? I see Colbert as being relatively impartial and he's my source of info. I guess just cause its not "all year" news. Colbert brings up an issue I didn't know. I read up on it. Formulate my own opinion. At least I try to do these things.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/06/28 21:25:22
    Of course I back Fox. Fox lets liberals speak, on the very reasonable theory that only with their own flapping tongues can conservatives diagnose them as non compos mentis. MSNBC won't let anyone speak who disagrees with their narrative; NBC-TV misleadingly edits interviews; ABC glosses over scandalous behavior by liberal politicians and the White House. (CBS seems to be trying to redeem themselves. Sharyl Attkisson seems to be trying to make up for the Dan Rather era.)
  • America... Temlako... 2012/06/29 00:11:02
  • Temlako... America... 2012/06/29 03:09:59
    Are you sure you want to avow that you are even more deluded than they?
  • Teri- Oregon 2012/06/28 21:23:28
    Teri- Oregon
    The internet we I am more likely to find the truth than watching main stream media.
  • Ada Whitmire 2012/06/28 20:45:24
    Ada Whitmire
    None of the above. I watch local stations, because I want to know whats going on where I live and if something important comes up it will be there
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/06/28 20:39:59
    depends where you get your news from guess people are okay with FOX NEWS not fond of the other networks not pleasing the audience instead insults their intelligence i go online for my news
  • Pat 2012/06/28 20:35:42 (edited)
    CNN, CNBC anything but Fox News, They are a joke!!!!!!!!!!
  • VoiceOfReason 2012/06/28 20:04:05
    I tend to watch CNN and Foxnews. Generally I think both of them have biases. Fox News is the most overt with their politics. MSNBC is only for entertainment purposes.
  • Lina Blub 2012/06/28 19:54:24
    Lina Blub
    apart from this "fox news" I mostly think journalists and the media like to focus on big negative scandals and happenings, just make the citizens gasps and think "omg" o: that's what they always do, don't they xD
  • *goodbye* 2012/06/28 19:49:32
    The reason why I put "none of the above" is because I watch Russia Today
  • Ben 2012/06/28 19:08:29
    50 years ago, there were 3 channels to get news from. They have disproved themselves to valid sources of reliable information over the years. Today, there are thousands of outlets to get news from. Pick one you trust.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/06/28 18:57:28
    Margaret Jacobson
    I prefer to get my news online and newspapers.........TV not so much !!
  • Totink 2012/06/28 18:53:38
    I listen to Adam vs. The Man http://www.adamvstheman.com/
  • CA Gal 2012/06/28 18:48:22
    CA Gal
    I watch CNN most but also tune in to Fox and MSNBC. I prefer my information come from all angles. Then evaluate myself without spin.

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