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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Political polarization

The Pew Center did a study asking people to define their political views and where they get their information.

Ideological Placement of Each Source’s Audience

When it comes to choosing a media source for political news, conservatives orient strongly around Fox News. Nearly half of consistent conservatives (47%) name it as their main source for government and political news, as do almost a third (31%) of those with mostly conservative views. No other sources come close.

Consistent liberals, on the other hand, volunteer a wider range of main sources for political news – no source is named by more than 15% of consistent liberals and 20% of those who are mostly liberal. Still, consistent liberals are more than twice as likely as web-using adults overall to name NPR (13% vs. 5%), MSNBC (12% vs. 4%) and the New York Times (10% vs. 3%) as their top source for political news.

If you go to the Pew survey you will note that the Left names more news sources (Slate, NY Times, CNN, NPR, etc) than the Right. That's proof, Leftists will say that we get our news from a variety of sources whereas the Right does not. 

But hold on young videogamer, do you get a diversity of opinion from NPR, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post or the alphabet networks? Actually you do not. You get the same slant on pretty much the same stories. The only difference in their coverage is the identity of the anchors or the names on the by-line. 

If you read the NY Times you can get the video version at ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, or CNN. Sometimes Slate will be more shrill and Politico will be more biased but it's all the same attitude. 

The reason that Conservatives congregate at Fox is because it occupies a space left totally unserved by the MSM which exists to massage the egos on the Left that they are good, smart and deserve to rule the knuckle dragging Neanderthals - the "low sloping foreheads" in the words of a recently deceased member of that tribe - who are not like them. Rush Limbaugh has a whole riff on them and it's hilarious.

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