Somehow, despite poorer and poorer ratings, the majority of people get their news from TV. Just about 55% of American adults tune into channels like CNN and Fox News to learn about what's happening around the world according to a recent Gallup poll. This includes the surprising statistic that 50% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29, who should be the "internet generation", are still getting their news via television. Maybe they mean the Daily Show and Colbert Report because most people my age purposefully avoid the 24 hour news channels.
Gallup did also reveal that 27% of the 18-29 year old age group used the internet as their second source of news but that is somehow 1% fewer than the next age group of 30-49. What that tells me is the internet is a growing supplementary source of news for young and old alike. Unless you got above the age of 50 where it is still a vast wasteland of no technology. The stats aren't horribly shocking since there are tons of 30 somethings who grew up on the beginning of the internet and technology craze we all live in now.
How on earth is new TV still surviving? After events like the Boston bombing being reported on so poorly? Luckily there is one glimmer of hope among all these numbers. TV cable news programs still don't do better than the network evening news which isn't great but a much better source than say The Bill O'Reilly show.