“Mainstream” news–that which is government supported and government supporting–has never been truly mainstream.
Journalist and author Matt Taibbi writes that ratings for “mainstream” news sources are plummeting.
“Trump transformed news into a ratings Krakatoa, combining the side-against-side drama of sports programming with the amphetamine urgency of breaking news.”
“Moreover, the Democratic Party’s response to Trump — which involved multiple efforts to remove him, premised on the idea that every day he spent in the Oval Office was an existential threat to humanity — allowed stations to turn every day of the Trump years into a baby-down-a-well story.” “Between the Mueller investigation, two impeachments, the Kavanaugh confirmation, multiple border crises, the “Treason in Helsinki” fiasco, and a hundred other tales, every day could be pitched as a drop-everything emergency.”
Now most so-called mainstream news venues are suffering double-digit-percentage drops in viewer traffic.