Adam Gabbatt's article in the Guardian, What happens when a group of Fox News viewers watch CNN for a month? (4/11/2022, Apple News link), reports that findings of a study "suggest that political perspectives can be changed – but also reveals the influence partisan media has on viewers' ideology."
Gabbatt's article is interesting because it shows that people's views are malleable and are shaped by what they watch. A government and politics professor at St. John's University used to warn students, "Ideas are dangerous. Be careful what you read."
But Gabbatt's article is flawed. It sets up an either/or divide of CNN v. Fox, of liberal v. conservative media. The problem is that people must be skeptical of everything they watch or read, whether the source is CNN or Fox. Unfortunately, both liberal and conservative news outlets are woefully biased. We cannot forget that the New York Times (a liberal newspaper) spread lies about Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction" that helped George W. Bush justify an illegitimate war that led to the slaughter of thousands of innocent Iraqi civillians.
Gabbatt's article indirectly shows why we need independent publishers, such as this site, Wills, Trusts, Estates. In a recent blog post, I synthesized sources that I read about Biden's Billionaire Income Tax. In addition to quoting from primary material, I cited articles from both CNBC and Fox to support the assertion that Biden's Billionaire Income Tax is (or seems like) a gimmick to get votes, not change the country.
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