the thing about fox news , is that folks point to their news personality shows as if that's the same as reporting and compare to say Don Lemon who is supposed to be reporting news- and its apples to oranges.
While I don't watch a lot of any news channel unless there's some election or major incident (in which case I watch them all, switching during commercials), my husband watches them, often CNN.
The CNN news anchors like Lemon and Cuomo take it on themselves to deliver diatribes and a slant as if they were news personalities vs. actually supposed to be reporting. I don't give a crap about Maddow or any of the personalities on Fox, or even the fact that MSNBC and FOX have a slant, what bugs me in the slant which has overtaken supposedly neutral outlet of CNN and in some cases, network news.
Also, 9508, you should read this https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ast-215048
people away from the coasts and major media centers understand and resent this - and is partly why so many voted for trump.
I will agree with anyone that states tho op ed shows on any media station are a massive misinformation tool. Don’t care if it’s CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC. The talking heads are talking shit.
And lack of local news focus is a massive problem (growing up in a town of 600 an hour away from any place that had local news networks I’m well aware of what it’s like to be unserved)
While TV is obviously the chosen news media, it’s not the only one. Print, while struggling, is still a source of local news, and much better at fact checking. There was a clear correlation between print readers and their willingness to vote for Trump.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/ ... ers-505605
I’d also make the distinction between Trump, and conservative Republicans. While the pubs are definitely being servile to Trump, he espouses many opinions that are at odds with conservative doctrine.
one, there is a good bit of variation with what is actually conservative just as their is with liberal, and a lot of it is clouded by one's own views. Biden or Obama are liberal if its a conservative looking at them or conservative if its a liberal looking at them. And it shifts over time. Some of the things presidents Carter and Reagan (who are generally pointed at as textbook L or C) favored that were considered radical on either end at the time are now mainstream, and other of their positions seem completely outside L or C positions now.
I think the "trump isn't a conservative" thing is overplayed. A lot of it is because of his personality and temperament rather than actual policy.
on substantive domestic things, like judicial appointments and administrative policy...that's nearly all conservative.
to me, when you get into foreign policy, liberal and conservative have less meaning because the world is a different place than when Reagan and Carter were presidents.