PART OF BUT NOT LIKE THEM--MEDIA NEWS PROVIDERS

10-6-15

Greetings, Iowa Media News Providers and all—

In past news releases Iowalive has disdainfully referred to the ‘media’ without any explanation of what it meant by that term.   A newspaper publisher pointed out that being “part of” the ‘media’ did not mean being “like them”.  He got Iowalive’s immediate attention. 

As a result, Iowalive networkers statistically researched and prepared the following table to show henceforth its disdainful use of the term “media” means those “like them”, not  “part of them”.   The larger the ‘part of them’ numbers in the table, the better for Iowan’s seeking unbiased news. 

The low numbers clearly show why Senator Joni Ernst boycotted the Gazette and Register editorial boards, and decisively won election to the U. S. Senate.  Iowans are gaining awareness of the differences in the media.  

This awareness likely started with Iowalive’s 2011  posting of daily and weekly newspaper integrity rankings on websites:  http://www.iowalive.net/daily%20newspaper%20ranking.htm   and  http://www.iowalive.net/weekly%20newspaper%20integrity%201.htm  which show substantial differences in newspaper  integrity.   No one has refuted or claimed to have better numbers than those posted.   

The following table shows the % of various news providers who are part of, but not like “them”, in providing news. 

THE SMALLER THE MEDIA NEWS PROVIDERS, THE BETTER THEY ARE

IT IS NOT FAIR TO CONSIDER ALL MEDIA NEWS  PROVIDERS AS EQUIVALENTS.  Source:  Iowalive 10-5-15

IOWA MEDIA PROVIDERS

% PART OF BUT NOT LIKE THEM

WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS

70%

OTHER TV STATIONS

65%

DAILY NEWSPAPERS, EXCEPT GAZETTE AND REGISTER

45%

CEDAR RAPIDS TV STATIONS

35%

DES MOINES TV STATIONS

22%

CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE

3%

DES MOINES REGISTER

2%

NATIONAL MEDIA PROVIDERS

% PART OF BUT NOT LIKE THEM

FOX NEWS

25%

CBS NEWS

3%

ABC NEWS

2%

CNN

2%

NBC NEWS

1%

MSNBC

1%

CNBC

1%

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

Sincerely,

Iowalive     A   growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa.