Dumbed-Down Demagoguery Declining in Popularity

Jon Stewart’s Ratings Are Now Higher Than All Of Fox News

According to the May Nielson ratings, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beat the entire Fox News network in terms of total viewers. Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers, while the Fox News prime time and day time line up averaged 1.85 million viewers.


Hate Speech Losing Followers

NPR’s Morning Shows Are Bigger than Fox News and Rush Limbaugh

Here’s why Fox News is always trying to defund NPR. In 2010, Morning Edition and All Things Considered averaged 13 million and 12 million plus listeners each. In 2011 Fox and Friends have an audience of 1.09 million, while Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh’s radio shows are in decline.

Not Quite Fair and Balanced, But We’ll Take What We Can Get

Now and then the mainstream media acknowledges what’s going right: The CNN Heroes Archive

Meet the CNN Heroes from past years and see who made the top 10, including 2008 Hero of the Year Liz McCartney, 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida and 2010 Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala.


Objectively Speaking, the Threats Are Exaggerated

The Mean World Syndrome – Media As Storytellers

Exposure to the media leads people to believe the world is more dangerous than it actually is, because of violent programming and terrifying news programs.


No, People Are Not Actually More Interested in Bad News Than Good News

Rob says: “What kind of information travels fastest? Do people prefer to spread good news or bad news? Would we rather scandalize or enlighten? SURPRISE: People prefer e-mailing articles with positive rather than negative themes, and they liked to send long articles on intellectually challenging topics that inspire awe.”

People Share News That Inspires Awe