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Unclear on the Concept: the Pew Media Study

Monday morning, I woke up to an NPR summary of the latest Pew “State of the Media Study.”  Even in my half-awake state, what I heard seemed like the musings of leftists trying to explain why their favorite program is failing to accomplish anything worthwhile.  So when I got a chance, I decided to look into the matter further, and then I came across this article at the Huffington Post.    The headline there tells us all we need to know about the insularity of the folks who worked on the Pew media study.  It reads, “Pew State Of The Media Study: Journalism Cutbacks Are Driving Consumers Away.”

Let’s examine the opening paragraphs of the Huffington Post article in more detail.  The story begins:

Years of newsroom cutbacks have had a demonstrable impact on the quality of digital, newspaper and television news and in how consumers view that work, a study released Monday found.

Nearly one-third of consumers surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said they have abandoned a news outlet because it no longer gave them what they had counted on, either with fewer or less complete stories.

Pew’s annual State of the News Media report delivered what has become a common litany of grim business statistics. Television news viewership is down. Newsroom employment at newspapers is down 30 percent since a peak in 2000 and has gone below 40,000 people for the first time since 1978. Newsweek shut its print edition and Time magazine is cutting staff.

“These cutbacks are real,” said Amy Mitchell, the project’s acting director. “And based on the data that we’ve collected, they are having an effect.”

Government coverage on local television news has been cut in half since 2005, the study said. Sports, weather and traffic now account for 40 percent of the content on these broadcasts; yet that’s just the sort of information readily available elsewhere. That’s a recipe for future erosion, Mitchell said.

So if we believe Pew, the media are failing primarily because of “newsroom cutbacks,” and that has put the media into a vicious cycle of shortages and decline.  Evidently, none of the folks at Pew thought to ask what caused the “newsroom cutbacks” in the first place.

Here’s a hint:  it wasn’t simply the economy.   Decades of biased coverage, selective reporting, agenda-driven campaigns, and the refusal to hold corrupt and cynical politicians accountable have taken their toll.  People aren’t buying what the press is trying to sell.  When was the last time anyone in the lamestream press asked an entrenched politician questions like these?

Lest you think I’m being too harsh on the insularity of the folks who worked on the Pew study, consider these additional facts.  It came as news to them that MSNBC is “almost entirely dominated by opinion.”  One wonders where they have been hiding during the last eight years.

But wait, it gets better.  Pew was also surprised to learn that “It’s getting harder to distinguish CNN from its more ideological cable news rivals,” according to another report about the study.   Newsflash to Pew:  CNN has been highly ideological for at least a decade now. And while the folks at Pew were busy putting the finishing touches on the study, Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow went off the rails in their sympathy for the high school football players convicted of rape in an Ohio courtroom.

Yet somehow, the folks at Pew somehow still want us to believe that viewers and readers are tuning out the media because cutbacks are placing limits on the ability of the press to cover stories adequately.

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17 Comments

  1. In addition to clear bias and cause-promotion, news programs are also more fluff than substance. Is there really so little going on that “news” outlets have to fill their broadcast time with every breathless moment of Lindsay Lohan court mis-adventures or the latest doings of that kid so-called singer. No one trying to figure out what is going on in the world can take endless amounts of that sort of stuff. Even the former CNN Headline News has become mostly programs about murder cases–usually cold cases.

    Comment by Arkelk — March 19, 2013 @ 8:40 am - March 19, 2013

  2. There are any number of news and entertainment sources available today. There is just more competition for viewers among outlets. As a result we’ve witnessed a dumbing down of the news as broadcast/print media have evolved to appeal to people’s baser instincts. It’s also easy to find information sources these days that directly reflect one’s political views. No longer do folks have to rely on the 3 networks for news. You can go to HuffPo, WND, newsmax, salon, Jon Stewart, Maher, etc for your fill of what you think is the news. This IMO has led to the rise of sites like DU, townhall.com, Daily Kos, FreeRepublic and others that are comprised mainly of links to actual news stories but are comprised of like-minded individuals in the comments section.

    Comment by Niall — March 19, 2013 @ 11:30 am - March 19, 2013

  3. Nearly one-third of consumers surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said they have abandoned a news outlet because it no longer gave them what they had counted on, either with fewer or less complete stories.

    Sounds like exactly the sort of thing a person would tell a survey-taker when they don’t want to admit they’re too dumb or too lazy to keep up with the news.

    Comment by V the K — March 19, 2013 @ 1:21 pm - March 19, 2013

  4. But V, you gotta count me in the that one-third. I abandoned the lamestream media after Rathergate. Remember that? It was a window into how fake and agenda-driven the news is. You could say that the lamestream media’s stories are not quite “complete” enough for me in terms of, you know, truth and objectivity.

    Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow went off the rails in their sympathy for the high school football players convicted of rape in an Ohio courtroom

    Yikes. CNN’s people sided (emotionally) with the rapists? Rather than the victim? Aren’t prog women supposed to stand for the opposite?

    Perhaps I shouldn’t point out that the rapist-athletes, in this case, happened to be black? Because we know how progressives stood with the rape victim, and loudly, in the “Duke lacrosse” case, where the accused athletes happened to be white. But the progs were wrong there also, since the Duke accusations were always false. One could perhaps be forgiven for inferring that progressives care about skin color, rather than the facts of a case.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 19, 2013 @ 3:25 pm - March 19, 2013

  5. ILC, there was one young man who is Caucasian and one young man who was Black.

    Comment by rusty — March 19, 2013 @ 4:44 pm - March 19, 2013

  6. Right you are, rusty! I stand corrected.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 19, 2013 @ 7:27 pm - March 19, 2013

  7. ILC, there was one young man who is Caucasian and one young man who was Black.

    Would it be too cynical of me to assume that the victim is “white”, and that’s precisely why the CNN reporters were going out of their way to Show Compassion for the defendants, since one of them happened to be a black male?

    (In the minds of the CNN reporters, a national tsunami of ignorant white racists lynching innocent black men is perpetually about to happen, were it not for the vigilance by enlightened white progressives standing as a bulwark against the redneck threat.)

    P.S. Based on the blurred/pixelized photo I’ve seen online, it’s apparent that the young woman was fairly light-skinned, but impossible to know how she personally self-identifies in ethnic terms.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — March 19, 2013 @ 8:06 pm - March 19, 2013

  8. Perhaps Crowley and Harlow simply conclude that the girl was merely having sex.

    Comment by Ignatius — March 20, 2013 @ 9:32 am - March 20, 2013

  9. (In the minds of the CNN reporters, a national tsunami of ignorant white racists lynching innocent black men is perpetually about to happen

    Well, I don’t want to ascribe racial-political motives unnecessarily. But Crowley-Harlow’s “sympathy for the rapists” approach does cry out for some sort of explanation. Could there be other explanations, that we haven’t thought of yet? It’s about as weird as that lesbian a few years ago who wrote about her crush on Ahmadinnerjacket.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 20, 2013 @ 10:52 am - March 20, 2013

  10. Here’s a seminar sponsored by left-wing radicals at Brown University with the intended purpose of teaching minority gheys not to be attracted to Caucasian gheys.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/19/brown-universitys-workshop-on-gay-sex-will-segregate-participants-by-race/

    Question: If you can teach black men not to be attracted to white men, could you teach them not to be attracted to men at all?

    Comment by VV the K — March 20, 2013 @ 12:25 pm - March 20, 2013

  11. Here’s a seminar sponsored by left-wing radicals at Brown University with the intended purpose of teaching minority gheys not to be attracted to Caucasian gheys.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/19/brown-universitys-workshop-on-gay-sex-will-segregate-participants-by-race/

    Question: So, if you can teach black men not to be attracted to white men, could you teach them not to be attracted to men at all?

    Comment by V the K — March 20, 2013 @ 12:26 pm - March 20, 2013

  12. If I want to really find out what is going on in both the US and the world, I read foreign news websites. They do a much better job of presenting news. There are exceptions….such as the BBC and The Guarddian.

    Comment by Mary — March 20, 2013 @ 12:52 pm - March 20, 2013

  13. Mary–At least you qualified your statement to make exception for those two! On the positive side, The Guardian doesn’t pretend to be objective. The BBC is another story. Unfortunately, the BBC is what NPR aspires to be!

    Comment by Kurt — March 20, 2013 @ 3:28 pm - March 20, 2013

  14. Could there be other explanations

    Well, the simplest explanation, I guess, is that they were momentarily caught off guard by the defendant’s weeping and did a rather poor job of ad-libbing a response.

    And, certainly, awkward ad-libs aren’t necessarily the result of or proof of political bias.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — March 20, 2013 @ 8:33 pm - March 20, 2013

  15. Here’s a seminar sponsored by left-wing radicals at Brown University with the intended purpose of teaching minority gheys not to be attracted to Caucasian gheys.

    Presumably it’s okay for Black gays to be attracted to Hispanic gays, because they’re all downtrodden Persons Of Color.

    But is it okay for Black men to favor Asian men? On the one hand, East Asians have been successful enough in this country to the extent that some Blacks complain about the “overrepresentation” of Asians in gifted-talented programs and pre-med. Plus, the parents or grandparents of these Asian achievers often got their start by owning liquor stores or fruit-markets in Black neighborhoods. So that makes Asians part of the Oppressor Class that one shouldn’t date.

    On the other hand, Asians are “underrepresented” in the Hollywood A-list, on magazine covers, and in ghey pr0n (and when they appear in the latter, they may be typecast as sub twinks). So that makes them part of the Oppressed Class.

    Oh, the confusion!

    P.S. Note that the segregation plan implicitly encourages white men to ONLY DATE EACH OTHER — which is, I would point out, an evergreen grievance for racially-enlightened gheys who enjoy complaining about things.

    In other words, if black guys want to date white guys, that’s deplorable and needs to be workshopped — but if white guys want to AVOID dating black guys, that’s also deplorable, and needs to be workshopped.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — March 20, 2013 @ 8:49 pm - March 20, 2013

  16. Throbert, you put in my head the image of a black gay guy being lynched by a gang of liberals for oogling a white guy.

    Comment by V the K — March 21, 2013 @ 8:31 am - March 21, 2013

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