Conservatives Retreat into Fox's Media Bubble
A new analysis by University of Georgia associate professor Barry Hollander finds that between 1998 and 2006, Americans became increasingly polarized in their news-gathering habits. After examining five national Pew Center for the People and the Press during that time period, Hollander concluded that the public now lives in Ã¢â‚¬Å“a huge echo chamber of attitudes and ideas.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Political Insider reports:
In 1998, 27 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats tuned in regularly to Atlanta-based CNN. Eight years later, the number of Democrats had risen to 29 percent.
But the number of Republicans who tuned in to CNN had shrunk to 19 percent. Gosh, where do you think they went?
Over the same period, Fox NewsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ share of Republican viewers jumped from 14 to 36 percent.