2015: The End of the Mainstream Media – Part 2

Brian Williams, NBC’s anchor for the “Nightly News” program, has been suspended for six months without pay for apparently telling a war story that was not true.  Other criticisms have emerged about potentially false stories.  That’s a possible financial blow to a program that has gone from 20 million viewers years ago, to about 9 million viewers recently.

Jon Stewart, Comedy Central’s host of “The Daily Show” plans to leave his “fake news show” after about 16 years.  Largely satire, sometimes serious, this program was popular with many viewers.  The loss of Jon Stewart appears to negatively impact Comedy Central.

In the Drudge Report, we read this week about the “END OF THE REAL NEWS” and the “END OF THE FAKE NEWS.”  Although skeptical viewers might ask the question, does the mainstream media report on “real news” or simply ”progressive socialist narratives?”

In an ironic twist, Jon Stewart and Brian Williams were once tied in a 2007 Pew Research Center Study for most trusted journalists, along with Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Anderson Cooper.

Recall that in my blog post on January 4, 2015, I predicted that 2015 will be the year we witness the end of the mainstream media.  In that blog post, I answered these questions:

1.  What is the mainstream media?

2. What are some of the major trends in recent years in the mainstream media?

3. What are some of the factors that are causing the end of the mainstream media?

4. How will the end of the mainstream media impact the 2016 elections?

The answers to these four questions are still the same.  We now can add two more facts: Brian Williams has been suspended from his program and Jon Stewart is leaving his show.

It’s 2015 and the end of the mainstream media is happening right in front of us.

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