Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Echo chambers

Kevin Drum and Matt Yglesias comment on this report by the Colombia Journalism Review about Fox News and cable news in general. Yglesias puts it pretty well:

If you live in Washington and work in politics, it’s always almost shocking to read the truth about how low the ratings are for cable news. Especially when you’re talking about daytime cable news in a non-election year...

But the reason it’s hard for political pros in DC to grasp this is that people in Washington are constantly watching cable news. It’s really weird.

It's a giant echo chamber, to steal a phrase from Drum. Politicos watch cable news, and they drive cable news. It's a vicious circle. And it has very little bearing on what the public knows/thinks/cares about. 

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