95 weekly science sections in newspapers in 1989
34 weekly science sections in newspapers in 2005
19 weekly science sections in newspapers in 2012
I think it's a sign of the decline of our culture (along with the crap they offer on channels like History, TLC, and others - the topic of a different ranting post).
Our local newspaper doesn't have a science section (a few years ago, I offered to write one for them and would have done it for free). They do, however, carry astrological horoscopes every day. As a matter of fact, our local newspaper has at least twice (and I cut out and saved the articles) referred to astronomical events on our campus as "astrological" events. How can an editor not question that a college professor (that would have been me) was doing a night "astrological" observation for the community?
Without a doubt, a large percentage of adults in this country are scientifically illiterate.