November 5, 2003
An Aging Audience
Little did I realize what a dramatic distinction Gore & Co. are making by aiming a news channel at young people.
In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story about last night’s Democratic debate on CNN, Caroline Wilbert notes that the median age of CNN’s audience is… 61! Furthermore:
CNN is not the only cable network with gray hair. The median age of Fox News’ viewers is 60. And MSNBC, despite launching with a slick techie style during the dot-com boom, isn’t much different. The average age is 58.
Well, this completely freaks me out. It suddenly seems like the news channels are all operating in a parallel dimension. A dimension… where everyone is old.
Speaking of the Democratic debate: Anderson Cooper is clearly a synthetic newsdroid sent from the future to change the past. Whether it’s for good or for ill remains to be seen.