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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 423 -- The "Mainstream" Media Still Dominates.

Liberal Media Still Dominate, Despite Recent Trends-

There's no doubting that blogs and the internet, talk radio, and even Fox News have changed the media landscape in recent years. Unfortunately, however, the establishment media still dominate.

Indeed, despite this trend:


... 26.1 million nightly viewers still swamps the 1.376 million nightly viewers on Fox News.


If you want to simplify it down to "Fox is conservative, everyone else is liberal" (which is not really accurate), MSNBC and CNN alone essentially cancel out Fox within cable news, leaving a net of ~26 million Americans receiving their news from the old guard network media. Then you add in the tens of millions of people getting their news from old guard print media (newspapers and magazines). Then, you have to add in the many millions who listen to NPR and other liberal-leaning radio. And so on.

The point is that you can add the top conservative talk radio hosts (10-20 million listeners), conservative blogs, conservative magazines, plus the allegedly conservative Fox News, and the impact is still small compared to the overwhelming multimedia juggernaut that is the "mainstream media."

A good rule of thumb: anyone jabbering about the "conservative media" is probably probably either woefully misjudging the limited power and scope of Fox and Rush Limbaugh; or, more likely, they do understand the limited power and scope of "right wing media," but it still bothers them that there is a dissenting voice in the public square.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: No Tax Hikes, Yet Tax Revenue Still Flourishes.

Posted by Will Franklin · 13 March 2007 06:21 PM


The ages of the newspaper and network demographics will push those down further. But there's still a long way to go.

Posted by: Assistant Village Idiot at March 13, 2007 09:14 PM

looks like to me that fox tv is causing global warming! as their viewership increases so does avg global temps!

Posted by: reliapundit at March 15, 2007 08:30 PM