Fair and balanced

That librul media! It’s my duty as a blogger to point out that this Think Progress piece is wrong. Republicans trust more media sources than Fox News – they trust Newsmax, Rush Limbaugh, Drudge and Andrew Breitbart, too! Duh:

new PPP poll confirms what many have long suspected — that many Americans get their news from sources that hew to their pre-existing beliefs.

But this phenomenon was not balanced on both sides of the ideological spectrum. While Democrats trust most news outlets, to varying degrees, Republicans trust only a single one — Fox News. While a massive 73 percent of Republicans trust Fox, the next highest rating among any major TV news outlet is PBS, which just 30 percent of GOPers trust, according to the PPP poll.

The numbers show just how powerful Fox can be in setting the agenda and influencing the world view of conservatives, with virtually no competition or accountability from the outside world. This monopoly on news penetration for an entire half of the electorate would be bad no matter the network, but it’s especially troubling considering Fox’s shoddy, and often agenda-driven “reporting.” And unlike an openly-ideological news outlet like ThinkProgress or the National Review, which freely advertise their perspectives, Fox insists it’s a traditional “far and balanced” news outlet.

One thought on “Fair and balanced

  1. Don’t FOX News(?), Newsmax, Rush Limbaugh, Drudge, Breitbart, The Wall Sreet Journal, the New York Post and the rest form a circular echo chamber? If they do, doesn’t that prove Think Progess’ postulation? Or at the very least create a valid sarcastic irony which merits a discussion of the absurd incongruity that they set in motion?

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