Lumpy Burgertushie wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:13 pm
You won't find any of this mentioned on any of the main stream media
I feel like a statement like this is one of the reasons why the US is currently so divided. Not necessarily that saying something like this is the problem, but because there is actually an element of truth in it. Many of the main US news outlets are in fact biased and spew news with a significant part of political party sauce over it. For example, FOX News as a very conservative network would always support republicans, and flowing from that Trump (apparently they're starting to become slightly more critical of him as of late, but still my point stands). CNN on the other hand is a very liberal network being incredibly supportive of democrats. Naturally, you'll listen more to the network that feeds your beliefs, why would you subject yourself to what you see as bias? While in fact, both are biased and now you're hearing loads and loads of things that only make the beliefs you already have stronger and make "hatred" or at the very least distrust of the other side stronger.
As a result, nobody hears the full story and it becomes so much more difficult to make an informed decision. Media here in the Netherlands are different. Most people would agree that the biggest news outlets are reasonably impartial. Sure, reporters have opinion pieces that show a bit of left preference or a bit of right preference depending on what you read, but the main news articles are written in a way showing the angles that both wings have and focusing mainly on facts. As a result, these outfits are neither just very positive about Trump nor very negative about Trump. Articles show that Trump does incredibly well on the economic side of things (which is very important to Americans, thus making him the odds on favourite to being re-elected) yet seems very erratic on his foreign policy choices. Also, despite Trump calling everything a witch hunt, our news outlets can show you reasonable documents and proof that Trump did seem to try to sabotage political opponents, reeking of abuse of power.
Would CNN tell you about the economicly great decisions Trump has made? I doubt it. But would FOX News call out the president on some of the most blatant lies that can easily be disproven by reading some transcripts or official documents? Most certainly not either. I feel that this division having spread to most media is what is creating the most trouble. You cannot know what to believe anymore.