Americans are turning off the news. That’s according to the Columbia Journalism Review, which found dips in broadcast, digital and print news consumption. Political Science Professor and Director of the UW Election Research Center Barry Burden says there are several reasons for this decline. 

“I think the public feels news fatigue, after four years of the Trump presidency, which was so consuming, and then Black Lives Matter, and all the fallout from that movement, the 2020 election and the pandemic, it’s a lot to ask the public to keep their heads in all of that news. And it’s not all pleasant. So I think once the election past Trump left office, and some of the other issues have subsided, somewhat, people have taken a little bit of a news holiday.”

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