Three cheers to Jonah Goldberg and his decision to leave Fox News (”Two Fox News Contributors Quit in Protest of Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 Special,” Nov. 21). Now, if he can get some of the contributors to CNN and MSNBC to leave in protest due to those networks’ biases, we may be on to something. This is not an issue of the right or the left. All Americans deserve, and should expect, well-researched and well-documented news reporting.
When I was growing up, the three major networks’ news divisions were separate from their entertainment divisions. They were not expected to add to their networks’ profits. As time went on, the networks folded their news divisions into their entertainment divisions and ratings began to matter. With the advent of the so-called “24 hour news” cable stations, ratings have become paramount.
There will always be some bias in news reporting. After all, the news is reported by human beings, and we all tend to lean toward what we believe. But there is a significant difference between using their bias to report news in a way that draws like-minded viewers to improve ratings versus being responsible enough to tamp down on their bias and report news in a nonpartisan way.
Politicians come and go. Our news media does not, and, therefore, it has the profound responsibility to report the news in an honest and evenhanded way to let the citizens decided for themselves how they feel. That must be the news media’s priority because if it’s not, then they are just adding to the deafening noise on both the right and the left and the consequences could be tragic for our country.
Arthur S. Kovens, Baltimore
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