The Point: Bursting the Media Bubble

The first step to bursting the bubble is admitting it exists. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

We often hear how mainstream media is biased toward one side of politics. Those who control the news, it seems, live in a kind of “bubble” safe from the views of many Americans.

And now there’s data showing just how real the bubble is. Jack Shafer and Tucker Doherty at Politico report that out of 150 counties with the highest concentration of newspaper and Internet publishing jobs, a whopping 72 percent are counties Hillary Clinton won in November. An outright majority—51 percent—are in dark blue counties where Clinton won by more than 30 points!

And it’s getting worse. In 2008, almost 40 percent of media jobs were in Republican counties. Now it’s down to 27 percent. The lesson? Despite being the most connected society in history, in some way’s we’re more isolated and polarized along political lines than ever before. We’ve got to start puncturing these bubbles, or we’ll only become more hateful and suspicious of one another.

Resources

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think
  • Tucker Doherty, Jack Shafer | politico.com | May/June 2017

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  • Christel

    I appreciate you giving these statistics. I’ve been noticing the media bubble trend myself, but it’s nice to have some data to back up my own suspicions. The question now is: what do we do to pop the bubble? I am at a loss in answering that, so I hope you’ll address it in upcoming commentaries.

  • Steve

    I do think more media now is reaching across county lines via social media, etc.
    In many ways conservative media is doing very well on the internet, although I do not have stats.

  • Any idea how this divide parallels the advent of Fox News?