The internet is slowly closing in on television as Americans’ main source of national and international news. Currently, 41% say they get most of their news about national and international news from the internet, which is little changed over the past two years but up 17 points since 2007. Television remains the most widely used source for national and international news – 66% of Americans say it is their main source of news – but that is down from 74% three years ago and 82% as recently as 2002.
When folks wonder why the cable news networks have largely abandoned hard news in favor of ideological talking heads during primetime, the trend of the lines above is the reason I point to.
Why bother getting your news from television when in pretty much every way the internet is superior?