If you've ever watched American news on TV...
...you'll not be surprised that its losing out to every other source of news.
Judging by the newscasts I've seen, US TV news reporting is the worst in the world. It seems carefully designed to keep the voters ignorant rather than seeking to inform.
I remember watching the prime ABC evening newscast in LA a while back, because there had been a significant political upset here that I thought they might cover. Fat chance. This was a full hour's news program and it broke down this way:
- in the first 10 minutes they covered four breaking stories. Three were the sort of thing that might have made the local news here on a slow day. One was about a row of three shops in Ventura that had caught fire and the other two were even more forgettable.
- the fourth story was about some fairly minor Washington politics and was covered in much the same way as the BBC might cover East European politics.
- the remaining 50 minutes was sport(!).