January 28, 2010

WELL, A MONOPOLY IS UNIPOLAR:

Fox News now "most trusted" channel: The US gets even more polarised (George Eaton, 28 January 2010, New Statesman)


Fox News may rarely live up to its motto "Fair & Balanced" but it can now describe itself as America's "most trusted news channel". A poll of more than 1,000 registered voters found that 49 per cent trust Fox, compared to 39 per cent for CNN and just 31 per cent for ABC.

Obviously when people are given an option other than the standard issue liberalism of the other networks the result will be greater polarisation, since there are now two poles instead of just one. But doesn't the convergence of such a large portion of the populace around the one news source suggest that the old unipolar airwaves were the bigger problem?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2010 12:32 PM
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