The Decline and Fall of Newspapers

Source: RealClearPolitics
by Charles Lipson

“A few years ago, you would have unfolded your newspaper and read opinion and analysis like this. Those days are gone. Today, most of us get our news and commentary online, perhaps supplemented by network or cable television, although TV viewership is far smaller than in the days of ‘The Big Three.’ Buried alongside those iconic broadcasters is the public’s confidence in news from all sources. Only 16% of Americans say they have a ‘great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in newspapers, only 11% in TV news. Those numbers keep sinking. Today, if Walter Cronkite ended his broadcast, ‘And that’s the way it is,’ most people would just smirk. How dramatic is this change in the way we get our news? What’s driving it? What have we gained and lost? And how do these changes affect our deeply divided nation?” (08/04/22)