Do you agree with him; does the media make 'us' believe the other side is more opposed to 'our' side than they are (in both directions obviously)
On cable TV and talk radio, a push toward polarization
By Michael Smerconish - Washington Post
Friday, June 11, 2010
Any conversation about political polarization would be incomplete without a look at the media's role in shaping opinions. From my view on the front lines, I have seen a rapid escalation of extreme dialogue -- sadly, something sure to guarantee high ratings. Indeed, Campbell Brown's departure from her CNN show last month marks another tombstone in the graveyard of moderate, thoughtful analysis.
I'd argue that the climate in Washington is being shaped by an artificial presentation of attitudes on cable TV and talk radio.
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To view and to listen is to become convinced that there are only two, diametrically opposed philosophical approaches to the issues. And yet, working daily in both mediums, I often think that the only people I meet who see the world entirely through liberal or conservative lenses are the hosts with whom I rub shoulders.
Opinions from the middle are underrepresented, even shunned, in the modern debate.
The producer asked whether CNN could identify me as a conservative. "Well, if someone who supports harsh interrogation, thinks we should be out of Iraq but in Pakistan, doesn't care much if two guys hook up, and believes we should legalize pot and prostitution is conservative, fine," I replied.
READ please then your thoughts - Thanks!
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 1:02 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
I know the theme song. Green Day......American idiot
The whole song is about our media Don't wanna be an American idiot
Don't wanna be an American idiot
Don't want a nation under the new media
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind fuck America
Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay
Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue
Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 1:30 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 AM on Jun. 14, 2010
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