Opinion

Media ‘silos’ hamper the exchange of ideas

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A lot has changed in the news business since Ted Koppel retired from the popular Nightline show in 2005.

The dominance of the three big networks has given way to a more varied and fragmented news landscape in which news and opinion are often woven together and viewers pick the source that most agrees with their own political views.

“I liked things much better when journalists tried to take covering politics down the middle of the aisle,” Koppel said during a recent visit to Lincoln County for the dedication of a new pulmonary rehabilitation center named for his wife. “It is making it harder for elected representatives to reach across the aisle and find agreement, because they know they are going to get clobbered by the extreme media’s opinions on both sides.”

It can be a problem for everyday people, as well…

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