This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews worried that non urban America, where big city liberal newspapers are AWOL, is missing out on the Russia scandal because small local papers cover, well, local news.
While all polls showing that most people get their news from TV, where the Russia story is hot and heavy, Matthews told of traveling out west where the newspapers are thin on national news. That, he explained, is a reason why Trump voters still support the president.
On his Thursday show, and after New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters pointed out Republicans stuck with former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, so no surprise Trump's base is sticking with him, Matthews opined:
"I think part of that is the loss of newspapers in many parts of the country. I was out — no, I was just out in the west with my wife. We were driving around, you know, in Colorado and Utah and Wyoming. There's no local big serious newspaper in the — the Denver papers, they're — you don't pick it up in the morning when you go down the driveway or whatever, the mailbox — there's not a newspaper that tells you what's going to nationally. There are local newspapers that are okay but the days where people had a pretty good newspaper to read. So, how are you going to keep up with Russia? Even if you're slightly interested it there's no story to read. That's a fact."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: "It took until 2017 for Matthews to notice the decline in newspaper circulation which has led to fewer and smaller printed newspapers? And hasn't he heard of the Internet? There's more news available than ever to the people of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, so say nothing of channels like CNN and MSNBC which are obsessed withe the supposed Russia ‘scandal.' I guess he realizes, correctly, few watch his program."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org