The Importance of Reading All Kinds of News

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Instead of judging headlines and reading the story, it will help open one's perspectives on a certain subject more. Photo from National Story.

Instead of judging headlines and reading the story, it will help open one's perspectives on a certain subject more. Photo from National Story.

Instead of judging headlines and reading the story, it will help open one's perspectives on a certain subject more. Photo from National Story.


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When it comes to news habits, conservatives and liberals rely on different news sources for information, which creates a self- concerning bubble of reading news that only supports your political opinion.  Even when discussing news online, individuals tend to not exit their like-minded worlds.  

Poor news habits add to political polarization, and growing divisions along ideological lines threaten any type of compromise in government.

Consistent conservatives are united around a single source, unlike how any other ideological group is.

According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study on Political Polarization and Media Habits, Fully 84% of consistent conservatives got news about government and politics from Fox News in the past week, and among those who are consistently conservative, nearly nine-in-ten (88%) trust it as a source — by far the highest level of trust by any ideological group of any single source.

Perhaps even more importantly; when given the choice to interact with only those who share the same information, experiences, and views, many take that choice, and ‘block’ opposing others.

“Consistently conservative individuals are more likely to have friends who share their own political views. Two-thirds (66%) say most of their close friends share their views on government and politics,” found the 2014 Pew Research Center Study.   “By contrast, consistent liberals are more likely than those in other ideological groups to block or “defriend” someone on a social network – as well as to end a personal friendship – because of politics.”

Next time when encountered by a headline you don’t agree with- that you then skip over and mumble your thoughts to- know that your indifference to try an understand a different viewpoint than your own is the problem.  You are causing the polarization, and it will only continue.

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