My bank is a nice, stable, well-run bank. In the lobby they help folks endure the occasional wait by putting cable news up on the wall behind the tellers. It is about the only time I ever see CNN.
CNN is everywhere. I understand why it is in airports – I think there is some kind of decades-old contract in place, but why when Fox News has at least twice the viewership (depending on demographic group and time slot) is CNN playing in the bank, instead of Fox News or Fox Business News ?
Liberals may now begin shouting about the bias on Fox News (or “Faux” News as some more clever than I call it). Therein is the point I am about to make.
Like CNN, Fox News has both news and commentary. Hannity, O’Reilly, Huckabee and Beck are not reporters, they are commentators. CNN has commentary shows, just nobody watches them. CNN News and Fox News have reporters and anchors. Everyone who crabs about Fox News being biased usually cites one of the commentators. I cannot recall anyone claiming Brett Bair specifically saying or doing something that was clearly biased in favor of one side or the other of a political debate or calling out Sheppard Smith for putting spin on a news story. They usually point to all the right of center commentators and insinuate that the culture of Fox News is biased at the core.
I think these criticisms are right. Richard Murdock (who is hardly a conservative) made a business decision to create a news channel that would not insult the intelligence of the nation’s conservatives. People who gather all this evidence and determine that Fox News is right of center are correct.
If you apply the same standard to CNN I think the objective observer would conclude the CNN has a liberal bias. If both CNN and Fox News are on the same footing, each has a bias, why would a business choose to use the ratings loser rather than the ratings winner.
The fact that CNN is the default choice for public displays of news is an example of cultural bias baked into the cake of our society. It would not occur to me to complain to my bank managers about their lefty choice of news, but I can guarantee that there are plenty in the “Faux News” crowd who would complain if they looked up and saw FNC. In their mind, CNN is balanced, Fox is biased. The truth is both are biased, and more people want Fox’s bias than CNNs.
This common cultural tilt is how the political left are able to punch way above their weight class. In the four debates this season, the least watched news organizations – PBS, CNN, ABC and CBS were all invited to send moderators and Fox was left out. For whatever reason, these politically biased persons are perceived as being unbiased, as if left of center thinking is “normal” and right of center is a deviation from the norm.