Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

My good friend and Ricochet.com's editor-in-chief Jon Gabriel has crunched some numbers to come up with an interesting snapshot of the chasm between what concerns Americans and what the media covers. As you might imagine, the citizens and the information peddlers aren't exactly dancing to the same tune. Jon has created a chart showing the disparity on a variety of issues, but here is what pops out the most from his efforts:

Just 6 percent of Americans think Russia is the top issue, yet nightly newscasts devoted 75 percent of their airtime to the story. Meanwhile, Americans’ biggest concern, health care, only garnered 4 percent of the major networks’ total coverage.

The media have shown how drastically out of step they are with their own audience. If they want to earn back their hemorrhaging Nielsen numbers, perhaps they can spend time on something other than Russia Russia Russia.

Much like the worst Saturday Night Live casts throughout the years, the present-day news types seem to be interested only in entertaining themselves.