Ken Stern, president of Palisades Media Ventures and the former CEO of National Public Radio recently penned a opinion piece for the New York Post as part of his promotional tour for his latest book, Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right.
In it (and the video above), he explores his experience dealing with both the perceived & actual liberal bias found in most reporters and editors --sharing his own wonderful human story and deeply transpartisan message -- and how it affected his political perspectives...
"Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.
This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike."
Just how much is the media responsible for the political divide in the US? How do we avoid extremism influencing the changes that are needed?