The left-leaning news consumption at NHS
Throughout America, partisan bias in the media is an epidemic plaguing the nation and causing distrust within the American people. Northwood students are no exception to this phenomenon.
Overwhelming trends show that students at Northwood trust liberal sources like CNN and the New York Times and avoid conservative sources like Fox News. By only reading and watching sources that appeal to their own bias, students aren’t getting a balanced view on important political issues.
“I regret the fact that I read CNN as much as I do because recently they’ve had anti-Trump propaganda,” junior Youssef Kaddeche said. “I don’t support Trump, but I want to rely on objective reporting, and I feel like the New York Times is—most of the time—a more unbiased view.”
Other students, like sophomore Barien Gad, believe that some sources, particularly Fox News, can’t be relied upon for news.
“I realize that CNN is biased towards the Democratic party, but Fox News isn’t just biased; it is a source of fake news,” Gad said, when asked if she would ever watch Fox News. “It has continuously misinformed people. I agree CNN is biased, but at least all the information is put on the table.”
Even though liberal sources may seem more credible to liberal students, ignoring the conservative perspective only exacerbates political divisions.
“It’s really sad that society itself has been conformed to a certain viewpoint, where only one view is right and very other viewpoint is seen as incorrect,” said freshman Kevin Moon, who prefers conservative sources such as Fox News and Breitbart.
But even in the presence of strong partisanship at Northwood, students should be getting their news from more unbiased sources like ABC, CBS or NPR. Even if those don’t appeal to you, it’s better to balance partisan news outlets with ones from the opposite end of the spectrum. Then, at least, it is possible to see both sides of the story. Some students have already taken the right step forward by having a neutral perspective.
“I don’t have a preference when given the choice between liberal and conservative sources because both would be biased,” senior Jason Luo said. “Bipartisan sources are the best because they show multiple perspectives.”
The one point students throughout Northwood can agree on most is that, when it comes to the media, bias to some degree is inevitable.
“No matter what source you use, it’s always gonna be biased,” senior Daniel Olivares said.
Recognizing bias is a good step toward getting more credible news, and in the world of heavy partisanship and even fake news today, it is a great skill to have.
So the next time you’re about to catch up on the news, don’t just limit yourself to reading liberal sources. Make sure you check out conservative (or even independent) sources such as Fox and the Wall Street Journal.