I put on Fox News this morning at 6am. I normally do not watch Fox News. In the first 6 minutes I was absolutely disgusted with the way the three anchors fawned over the Republican National Convention, defended Melania Trump’s seemingly plagiarized speech, and praised Chris Christie’s public prosecution of Hilary Clinton.
I thought to myself….this is not news. It is so clearly biased towards a particular political party and base of constituents. I could not expect to get any unbiased facts out of this purported “news” broadcast.
So I decided to see what the competition was up to. I changed the channel to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. This show does not have the word “news” in the title, but their own description of the show is “…features interviews with top newsmakers and politicians, and in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories.”
And once again I was disgusted with the unbelievable bias that the show’s hosts had against Republicans, Trump, the RNC and everything associated with the right. If not for the two guests from Bloomberg, who remained dignified and factual when they answered questions, the show would have seemed comical with it’s bias.
Large scale media in this country has an undue amount of influence on our population. That is both a product of citizen’s passive nature, and the media’s insatiable appetite for filling 24 hour news cycles by pandering to our lowest common denominators. It is easy to watch “news” that does not challenge your assumptions but merely feeds you what you already know and want to hear. But as citizens and voters in a country of free press, we need to be better ourselves and demand more facts, less analysis and less bias in the information we take in. A citizenry that does not think for itself is not a citizenry that will remain free forever.