It’s a bad thing that many Americans live in alternate realities from each other based on the news sources they read and watch. The headlines below are all about essentially the same subject matter—the same events of the past few days–yet they vary wildly in their focuses and conclusions. I believe this is why we seem to be in a period of intractable polarization.
Some of these contain more facts than others. Some have better analysis and better arguments than others. On the other hand, some contain more opinion and conjecture than others. Some have more hyperbole and extreme characterizations than others. Therefore, some are more reliable, and closer to what can be considered “the truth” than others.
Unfortunately, not everyone can distinguish which ones are the more reliable sources. And even if you can, it’s really time-consuming to check across the spectrum and figure out what other people are reading, and how those sources influence their thinking. You don’t have time for that. But we want to do this for you on a regular basis through the next phase of the Media Bias Chart Project (which you can fund!).
Below are screenshots of headlines from 13 different news sources from this past Saturday, Sept. 29. This was two days after the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing, so each source had some time to come out with various “takes” on what had transpired that day and to choose what to focus on in the aftermath. The screenshots are from sources ordered left to center to right on the Media Bias Chart. Quality rankings are not indicated here, but if you are interested, please do refer back to the chart to see where they fall.
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal: