Mass awakening? Within this past month, HUGE shift to internet from cable news

I mentioned this in an earlier post, but the more I thought about it, the more profound it feels to me as a bellwether of what’s ahead.

And, as I put this post up, I notice that Current TV has just fired Keith Olbermann. Wow!

The powerful Uranus/Pluto fracturing scheduled for 2011-2015 now deconstructs mass media “programming.”

Thanks to businessinsider.com.

Wait, Did CNN Just Lose HALF Of Its Viewers?

March 28, 2012

by David Seaman Online

 

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

As TVNewser‘s Chris Ariens reported today: “CNN bore the brunt of the downward trend the news networks experienced this month and for much of the first quarter, when compared to the busy first few months of 2011.

For the month of March, CNN was down -50% in total viewers and down -60% in A25-54 viewers (Total Day). The net was down -21% in Total Viewers and down -26% in A25-54 viewers (Primetime) compared to March 2011.”

The viewer exodus is not limited to CNN, though. Roger Ailes’ aging heavyweight champion FOX News “was not immune to a loss in viewership for the month of March and for the first quarter of 2012. For the month, Fox News is down -17%,” according to another post by Ariens.

Perhaps, if I may be so bold, this is what happens to you when you continue to report stories that no longer resemble — even remotely — what your own viewers see outside their windows and apartments.

CNN has barely covered the rapidly growing Occupy and Tea Party protests around the country, and as the clip from Current TV’s Cenk Uygur below points out, CNN gave zero prime-time coverage to the NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions, arguably one of the most devastating rollbacks of Americans’ civil rights ever.

Perhaps viewers are sick and tired of the same half-assed recycled stories about Kim Kardashian, the same shiny Piers Morgan celebrity interviews, and perhaps a war weary public is also not so quick to slurp up CNN’s incoherent Iran warmongering.

Perhaps viewers are disgusted with CNN’s packaging of the 2012 election year — a critical time regardless of where you stand politically — into a crass sports event, heavy on special effects and “analysis,” and quite thin on actual reporting.

Now, I don’t think CNN’s viewers have suddenly decided not to consume news any more. I just think they are going online to do it.

They are turning to independent shows, like mine, and like The Young Turks… they are turning to news sites like The Huffington Post and Daily Caller… and they are turning to each other: social sharing services such as Reddit and StumbleUpon now command a massive audience, and can lift an obscure blog post into the mainstream consciousness within a matter of hours.

Maybe your viewers no longer need you.

Cenk Uygur explores CNN’s massive failure to cover the NDAA:

 

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0 Responses to Mass awakening? Within this past month, HUGE shift to internet from cable news

  1. Kevin says:

    I think a lot of this has to do with CNN’s apparent parental approach to convicting Zimmerman without letting the justice system taking its course, cowing to the personal reporting agendas of the lifestyles and opinions of the anchors, and running the numbers without due regard to the social impact of what they have to say. In the case of Zimmerman, we are going to see violence and social upheaval before the case is even fully investigated. Viewers are tired of hearing the tempermental and elitist British Superior Rants of one of its anchors, the gutting of the American governments agenda by the terrorists through the placating of evil through its pablum puking reporting on every little mistep by the American Military, whilst the terrorist agenda is ignored.
    CNN is driving a divisionist stake through the heart of the American Governments attempts at securing it’s own national security, and the security of foreign citizens who are being slaughtered by the millions.
    All in the name of ratings.
    History will not speak well of the currancy that this network is using to make money.
    As for this website, you have no role in influencing this phenomena in any way.

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