Where Do We Get Our News?

October 19, 2018

In City and Country, especially amongst the middle and upper school, one of the most widely talked about topics is politics.

On paper, this is a good thing; today’s children will become tomorrow's presidents and it’s important for the younger generation to be able to fit that role. However, as all of these kids talk about Donald Trump or Brett Kavanaugh, one begins to wonder where they’re getting their information from.

The most reliable way for the public to obtain political information is through the news. Newspapers and Television are both fantastic ways of getting up to speed on how our Government is doing, but are they really? It’s no secret that certain news outlets have or still hold biases when it comes to politics. These biases create stigmas around the outlet that are interpreted in different ways. For example, Fox news is widely known as a bunch of lying bigots, or a grounded, trustworthy outlet and CNN is known as a grounded, trustworthy outlet, or a bunch of lying wusses. These biases and stigmas cause the viewer base of these two news sources to be mostly comprised of republicans or democrats.

How is C&C related to all of this? Since our student body mostly consists of New Yorkers most of the people in the school are democratic. This only leaves the question; where do they get their news from? Several anonymous people ranging from the IXs to the XIIIs said that they mainly get their news from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. These are all credible sources that have a good reputation, but no matter how credible a source is, it’s dangerous to have all your news fed to you from one place. If you are exclusively eating bread, then you won’t be able to handle different foods. In media consumption it’s very similar. If you only get your news from one source, you’ll be extremely sensitive to the minute details that change from publication to publication. The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post all have the same opinions that manifest in one way or another. Since most C&C students have similar opinions on politics, we find ourselves in a kind of safety bubble where everyone just agrees. However, having a community that allows its members to grow in a somewhat safe environment is a good community, and I think we can all agree that there are few safer places than City and Country.

 

 

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