0000918170770 Over the past few years, the subscription rates of print media sources–especially newspapers, have plummeted. Some cite the advent of online news sources, some cite research pointing to a growing majority in America who believe that news comes to them from a certain political agenda…and thus do not trust news from traditional sources.

So why the drop in newpaper subscriptions, and nightly news viewership? It’s probably both of those things. What do you think, and what might the implications of these emerging realities be if the trend continues…for good or for ill? And, where do you go for news?

FYI…National polls say the most trusted newspapers are USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. The most trusted news magazine is U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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8 thoughts on “News

  1. Check out with Joseph Farah who is a Christian Arab American. Send him your inputs and questions: like with all the problems with food and toys and toothpaste and dog food from China, is Krogers required to indicate that its fish comes from China; and get an answer the same day, “No”.

  2. After I posted my comment, I realized that I might unintenionally give the impression that I read the news on CNN because it aligns with my views. That is by no means true. I was simply trying to own the fact that I, like most people I know, are most comfortable reading and listening to reports that reinforce their own perspective.
    I have many friends with perspectives vastly different from my own and they frequently expose me to the “other” side.
    I really try to avoid the news as much as possible because it often seems to rehash the negative events and fails to recognize the blessings that permeate our lives.

  3. I tend to get my news from a variety of sources. I read headlines on Yahoo when I sign in, my homepage is set to MSN, and if I still don’t get enough I will check the Drudge Report.
    I don’t watch TV news unless it is for some specific story and I don’t read newpapers. We get one on Sunday, take out the coupons, and throw the paper away.
    I used to read a few things on, but I absolutely refuse to check any source that I have to sign into (see And when I can’t avoid the sign in, I use Bug Me Not. I even added a link to it on my site because I am such a fan.
    I try to stay away from news as much as possible. I prefere to think of the world as a happier place than most news sources!

  4. I think Amy does what most people do because they trust their views. As such, news that is more from one’s usual perspective simply feels more trustworthy…and often is…unless you disagree with me…
    Just kidding…

  5. keeps me up-to-date on current events without added expense or filling up our landfills. It’s also much more convenient than flipping through the paper to find the end of the story I’m reading.
    I do think the on-line sources are just as biased as traditional news sources. however, it is easier for me to find a source on-line that aligns more closely with my personal bias.

  6. It’s about accessibility for me. Do I pay additional money for a speciality item like a newspaper or news magazine that delivers only the news it wants to deliver? Or do I check the news on a tool that allows me to do just about everything else, too, from buy groceries to update my fantasy team and balance the checkbook?
    To me, the bias/agenda argument doesn’t hold water, because many of the outside-the-box sources online are at least as biased as the big local and national newspapers. In today’s age, you can read whatever angle you choose on any given event. To me, the biggest implication in all this is the need to read for understanding, rather than just skimming. The ability to identify what a particular report is saying and not saying is an underrated gift, in my opinion.
    And in the same vein, these written news sources have no one to blame but themselves for failing to understand the potential importance and power of digital media. It’s capitalistic evolution–stay ahead or you die.