Alex Pareene has a great piece on the strange paranoia surrounding Fox News, in particular its strange need to discredit anyone who writes anything about the network….as if any Fox News viewers were big readers. He links to this piece on how few younger people watch Fox:
One indisputable attribute of Ailes is that he knows numbers forward and backward, both in the ratings and political arenas. In the former, his network has long been the top dog for total viewers, but lately hasn’t had much to brag about in the advertising-important 25-54 age demo. According to Nielsen, in the second quarter of 2013, Fox lost 11 percent of its younger viewer audience as compared to the same time in 2012. Over the last two years, Fox has had a median age of 65-plus for both the full day and for its prime-time lineup. Younger people fleeing the network, specifically in prime time, goes back even further, as the prime-time numbers in the demo have taken a nose dive for five years straight, down from 557,000 to 379,000 in 2013.
Of course, teh kidz are watching less tv news in general. If you, like me, believe that tv news — along with most mass media news — is primarily poorly disguised corporatist propaganda, then you likely regard this as a positive development.
Ron Fournier of course thinks that teh kidz will become radically centrist nonpartisan moderates, who reject BOTH PARTIES, but we’re talking about a man who masturbates to the thought of Bowles-Simpson.
My guess is that it’s hard to predict what will happen to a generation that receives substantially less corporatist brain-washing but it stands to reason that they’ll be less accepting of corporatism.