Are we even aware of our biases anymore?
If you look at this chart and are convinced your “extreme” source belongs in the middle, you just might be part of the problem plaguing America today.
“In the past, national evening news programs, local evening news programs, and the front pages of print newspapers were dominated by fact-reporting stories,” says the chart’s creator, patent attorney Vanessa Otero. “Now, however, many sources people consider to be ‘news sources’ are actually dominated by analysis and opinion pieces.”
She released the first version of the chart back in 2016, and she’s updated it several times since. Over the past year, it’s gone viral, with thousands of educators at both the high school and college levels using the compelling visual. She says she’s “shocked” by all the attention it’s received and still gets requests every day.
Otero also talked about why such bias is so troubling.
“I think the extremes are very toxic and damaging to the country,” she explained to MarketWatch. “These extreme sources play on people’s worst instincts, like fear and tribalism, and take advantage of people’s confirmation biases.”
And with that, let the backlash over the latest version begin.
Obviously, to many conservatives, Fox News, home to the guy Carter Page describes as this generation’s “Edward R. Murrow,” has no business on the fringe. And the fact that CNN’s bordering the neutral zone is sure to rankle Trump fans.
Then there’s Infowars, which Otero deems “nonsense damaging to public discourse.” Infowars, after the chart first surfaced, responded with one of its own:
Infowars, run by Alex Jones, wrote that the chart is an example of the “dying dinosaur media’s extreme liberal bias” and that it unfairly “demonizes” independent media. Here’s just one example of how Infowars shows off its independence:
“If you have just a couple sources that you think are in the middle but none exist either to the right or left of them, or up or down from them, you may be on the wrong track,” Otero said, adding that MarketWatch will make the next update.
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