There have been a lot of bad days recently for what’s come to be known as the mainstream media — or MSM — but Monday was one of the worst.
New circulation figures showed that big city papers had lost as much as a quarter of their circulation in the past six months. And new TV ratings showed that CNN, the cable network that prides itself on news coverage down the middle, finished dead last in prime time against more partisan rivals like Fox News and MSNBC.
Are the two connected?
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Eric Alterman, a media columnist for The Nation, and a frequent critic of the MSM, thinks they are. “Nonpartisan news, and news aimed at a broad audience, doesn’t have the cachet, and therefore the consumer base, it once had,” Alterman said. “The whole notion of citizenship has been declining for decades now.”
Read More: By MICHAEL CALDERONE, Politico