Is the following an accurate statement?  Political perspectives play a prominent role in much of the commentary by the media.  This is nothing new in the American experience, and it’s neither...

Is the following an accurate statement?

 

Political perspectives play a prominent role in much of the commentary by the media.  This is nothing new in the American experience, and it’s neither necessarily good nor bad.

its from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvTh5hzAAyM

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Much of what this statement says is true.  Much of what is said in the media is definitely affected by the political points of view of the journalists and commentators.  This is nothing new in American politics.  However, it is not completely clear that this is a neutral development that should not concern us.

Today, the media has become much more partisan.  There is much less of an attempt by media outlets to be even-handed and fair in their reporting and their commentary.  There are clearly liberal news outlets like the New York Times and MSNBC.  There are clearly conservative outlets like Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.  The question, then, is whether this matters.

There is an argument to be made that says it does not matter.  People who want to hear both sides of a story are still able to do so.  They can read both conservative and liberal newspapers or websites.  They can watch TV channels that hold to each point of view.  Since this is the case, there is no harm in having partisan media outlets.

On the other hand, however, there is clearly a way to argue that this is bad for our country.  Most people will not want to try hard enough to seek out the side that is opposed to their point of view.  They will not want to do the work of trying to determine which aspects of each side’s commentary are true and which are biased or unfair.  Therefore, more people will listen only to people from their side of the political spectrum.  They will not be exposed to any opposing viewpoints and will become more and more hardened in their views.  This will severely reduce the potential for compromise in the US, thus damaging our country.

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