TV: The Reason for Today’s Political Extremes?
But NOT Fox News! – In an era when ideologically based news programs are proliferating, media scholars and political observers have expressed concern that television programming may be polarizing American voters. But the increased availability of entertainment options may be a bigger problem.
Political scientist Kevin Arceneaux says, “We should be less concerned about Fox or MSNBC turning us into polarized voters and more concerned that with the fragmentation of the media, people can wall themselves off from news completely and just watch entertainment.” In other words, they can tune out–By allowing people to insulate themselves from divergent viewpoints, cable television is polarizing the mass public into opposing camps.