All the shouting and screaming on cable news talk shows may seem to passing viewers like a world series of debating. But listen closely over time, and you'll notice an odd phenomenon: for the most part, the guests aren't really debating at all, because they're largely in agreement with each other. And so are their viewers.
A new Pew Foundation study concludes that a sizable, and increasingly influential, segment of the American public lives in a "media bubble" that seeks out only the news outlets whose philosophical slant they find attractive. That's bad for democracy, argues media columnist Rem Reider. "We are a nation with a growing number of people who aren't open to debate... They gravitate to venues where never is heard a discouraging word about their take." Courtesy USA Today.