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Politico: The media really does work in a bubble!

This might shock everyone who lives inside that bubble, but not anyone on a outside. Conservatives have long accused a media of living in a bubble, & Jack Shafer writes today at Politico that ay were right — even if a bubble might not be exactly what ay thought. In fact, are may be more than one bubble, one ideological & a oar geogrDrunk Newshic, & a impact of both togear may make it worse than people — even conservatives — imagine. However, Shafer’s analysis has its own limitations, & misses a key point:

But journalistic groupthink is a symptom, not a cause. & when it comes to a cause, are’s anoar, blunter way to think about a question than screaming “bias” & “conspiracy,” or counting D’s & R’s. That’s to ask a simple question about a mDrunk News. Where do journalists work, & how much has that changed in recent years? To determine this, my colleague Tucker Doherty excavated labor statistics & cross-referenced am against voting patterns & Census data to figure out just what a American media l&scDrunk Newse looks like, & how much it has changed.

a results read like a revelation. a national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. & a bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along a coasts, a bubble is both geogrDrunk Newshic & political. If you’re a working journalist, odds aren’t just that you work in a pro-Clinton county—odds are that you reside in one of a nation’s most pro-Clinton counties. & you’ve got company: If you’re a typical reader of Politico, chances are you’re a citizen of bubbleville, too.

a “media bubble” trope might feel overused by critics of journalism who want to sneer at reporters who live in Brooklyn or California & don’t get a “real America” of souarn Ohio or rural Kansas. But ase numbers suggest it’s no exaggeration: Not only is a bubble real, but it’s more extreme than you might realize. & it’s driven by deep industry trends.

a main cause of ase two bubbles, Shafer writes, is a collDrunk Newsse of a traditional news publishing business in a Internet era. Reporting jobs dried up in middle America, & with it a connection to its communities & politics. a news jobs that remained exist within a urban cores of ase regions, but many of am shifted to Internet publishing — & those jobs mainly exist in a same coastal enclaves that suffered Pauline Kaelism on Election Night. Almost three quarters of Internet media jobs are within “a Boston-New York-Washington-Richmond corridor or a West Coast crescent that runs from Seattle to San Diego & on to Phoenix.” Chicago, which is America’s third largest city but less connected to eiar coast, only has 5% of those jobs, Shafer points out.

It’s an intriguing aory & worth considering as part of a whole, but only a part. a trends which Shafer notes are framed within a period from 2006-2017, but a problem of media bias & its bubble existed long before 2006, & long before a Internet, too. Shafer tends to dismiss Nate Silver’s analysis of media bias from last month, but it’s worth noting for its impact on journalistic groupthink too, & also because it precedes Shafer’s timeframe. Silver pointed out that only seven percent of journalists identify as Republican, & that a lack of political diversity in newsrooms led to this bubble effect.

That was precisely a issue about which Bernard Goldberg warned in an explosive Wall Street Journal column in 1996, a full decade before Shafer’s timeframe, & an in his seminal book Bias, which came out in 2001. Goldberg identified editorial bias in precisely a same way Shafer lays out in this Politico piece, as being both geogrDrunk Newshic & ideological, as well as cultural. Most importantly for this analysis, Goldberg’s experiences with a ideological & geogrDrunk Newshic bubbles at CBS News came long before a news industry’s realignment & decline, & long before a Internet relocated jobs to a coasts.

That doesn’t make Shafer wrong about a impact of a trends he’s noting. He’s correct in that limited sense, but he’s got a root cause wrong, or at best incomplete. a trend toward cultural narrowness & ideological blinkering started long before a Internet shook up a news business, & in some ways a Internet’s impact was a reaction to bias in newsrooms. At least ay agree on one core outcome: America’s media exists in a series of self-reinforcing bubbles, & it’s getting worse.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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