Your answer says a lot about you.
Before you look at the chart below, jot down the channels/shows or web pages that you trust as your primary sources for news.
OK, now check where your news sources fall along this ideological continuum crafted by Pew Research.
It’s a psychological dynamic called “confirmation bias” … soliciting and internalizing information that is consistent with one’s current beliefs.
Said differently, confirmation bias is a natural stress-reduction tendency to avoid or resist any information that is contrary to or inconsistent with one’s current thinking.
One of the major solidifiers of our current political polarization is the “echo chamber effect” … we all tend to consult sources and hang with people who share, reinforce and exaggerate our ideological leanings.
So what to do?