March 24th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Why consumers are fleeing the media

Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.

(CNN) - The slow-motion shrinkage of the news business is driving away part of the public.

A Pew Research Center survey says that 31% of those questioned have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the kind of news and information they had come to expect. And they have noticed this despite the fact that six in 10 overall have heard little or nothing about the industry's financial woes.

Talk about cutting our own throats. This is the most depressing news we've heard about the news business in quite some time.

Who are these customers who are slipping away?

Read more of Howie's two cents here.

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    I was disappointed to see that "Reliable Sources" completely ignored the controversy over its reporting on the verdicts last week in Steubenville, OH. To not even acknowledge one of the biggest media stories of the week on a show purportedly covering the media undermines the credibility of the show, its staff and CNN. It seems clear that "Reliable Sources" is severely compromised if the show itself chooses to ignore possible self criticism, or more likely, can be silenced by management. And the creators of this show especially should know better.

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