Americans Rejecting Mainstream Media for British Newspaper
The fastest growing “newspaper” in America is based in Manchester, England. The Internet analytics firm Compete.com found that the number of visitors to the website of The Guardian grew by 1111.75% in August and an astounding 671,389.51% over the past year, signifying the desire for Americans to find real information about what’s going on.
The main word that people going to The Guardian were searching for was “Syria,” according to Compete’s blog. That would indicate Americans appreciate The Guardian’s skepticism of President Obama’s plans to attack Syria and its reputation for honest reporting. It also indicates that average Americans no longer trust their own media and are increasingly turning to a foreign news source.
In polls previously reported by Anthony Gucciardi on Storyleak, it was found that the mainstream media has virtually lost all trust fromthe American people.
It’s no coincidence that The Guardian has seen such explosive growth over the past year. It was Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who broke the story about the NSA documents Edward Snowden was leaking. The Guardian has been willing to print all the details of NSA surveillance and not bow to political pressure.
A Tradition of Dissent
Even though it’s new to Americans, The Guardian is hardly a new newspaper. It has been around in one form or another since 1821. The Guardian is the third most popular daily in Great Britain with a circulation of 197,000 paper copies and nine million online readers.
The interesting thing is that The Guardian is known as a fairly liberal newspaper in England, but it has a strong appeal to American conservatives and libertarians; probably because of its willingness to stand up for civil liberties and its opposition to surveillance.
TAP - since the British Parliament rejected Cameron's call to arms, this blog has had more US visitors than British. UK is now about one third. US about a third and rest of world a third.