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An­a­lysts con­tinue to pon­der what has got­ten into the main­stream news me­dia as they flail against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and aban­don ba­sic jour­nal­ism tenets in many cases. The cause may be sim­ple. Dan Gainor, vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness and culture at the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter, has a straight­for­ward the­ory.

“The me­dia has to be more hon­est — and they don’t want to be. And they don’t re­ally want to be hon­est about how up­set they are. What we’re un­der­go­ing is what I’ve been call­ing in my col­umn each week a na­tional tantrum. The left­ist me­dia doesn’t want to wake up, doesn’t want to calm down. They want to cel­e­brate the most rad­i­cal fac­tions,” Mr. Gainor told Bre­it­bart News ra­dio host Alex Mar­low on Mon­day.

Amer­i­cans, in­ci­den­tally, have an in­creas­ing ap­petite for all­news ca­ble chan­nels. These num­bers are fresh from Nielsen Me­dia Re­search: U.S. adults col­lec­tively watched 27.1 bil­lion min­utes of ca­ble news last year, up 44 per­cent from 2015. On another level, that breaks down to 6.5 hours a week spent watch­ing ca­ble news in 2016 — up 90 min­utes from 2015, and up 105 min­utes from the 2012 pres­i­den­tial election cy­cle.

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