In news about news --- and newspapers --- Grumpy Editor is almost wordless in learning 17 percent of Americans get no news every day, up from 3 percent in 1998.
That finding comes from Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan "fact tank."
Based on a 2010 tally, Rainie also uncovers only 17 percent of Americans read a newspaper daily.
But it gets worse --- 31 percent of the 18 to 24-year-old group gets no news on an average day. That’s up from 25 percent in 1998.
The 30 to 34-year-old bracket doesn‘t fare too well, either, with 22 percent getting no news daily, compared with 15 percent 12 years prior.
Seniors rank worse with 11 percent getting no news, vs. 6 percent in 1998.
Topping the news source list? Local TV news --- despite the fact that many TV newsrooms simply rewrite material from morning newspapers.
Meanwhile, for those who do read, Americans still choose print newspapers rather than online versions, finds Rasmussen Reports.
In a national telephone survey, Rasmussen tallies 66 percent of adults say they prefer reading hard-copy newspapers while 28 percent like reading their preferred newspapers’ online material.