Editorial: Speak With The Other Side

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The left rarely goes on Fox News. That’s a big mistake on their part.

It is human nature to remain in an echo chamber, especially when it comes to politics. With the rise of technology, it is easier than ever before for an individual to choose who they want as their main sources of news and what content they’d like to see at the top of their feed.

That inclination to listen to and to trust solely what aligns with our beliefs filters into the news media. Broadcasters have begun to take sides, even if inadvertently, with some channels progressively leaning further to the left while Fox News and others notoriously live as a right-winger safe haven. And viewers find and adhere to the outlets that perpetuate their already-held convictions.

That is why it is so important for the major faces of both opposing sides of the aisle to infiltrate one another’s “filter bubbles.” If Republicans aren’t going to actively seek out Democratic sources and vice versa, afraid of affecting their, what psychologists call, “confirmation bias,” politicians and activists need to appear before them on their own.

The right is great at this. Turn on CNN and there’s a chance you’ll see a conservative face on your screen; for the sake of having all sides accounted for, CNN has hired multiple right-leaning pundits to face off against leftists. But the left does not play this game well.

According to a 2017 Pew Research Center study, 19 percent of voters in the 2016 presidential election considered Fox News to be their primary source of information. With a number that high, leftists should be looking to get on Fox’s airwaves often. However, they are not.

Last month, Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell implored in a tweet for his colleagues on Capitol Hill to go on Fox News more.

“I don’t go on because I accept the views of their hosts, but because I respect that some of their viewers are open-minded. We should talk to them,” Swalwell wrote.

And he’s correct. Even if there is a high chance that Fox viewers will not agree with Democratic beliefs, it is important for them to have that exposure. The same goes for Democrats being aware of Republican views, as the echo chamber is equally dangerous to all, regardless of their political affiliation.

With the presidential primary on the horizon, and the country as divided as ever, networks need to prioritize broadcasting both sides.

The daytime television show “The View” gets it right. The syndicated talk show, created by journalist Barbara Walters, employs full-time Republican analysts and contributors, as well as those with liberal or centrist views.

The show offers a range of bipartisan political candidate interviewees, who are allowed equal opportunity to express their agenda on the air to a diverse audience. When viewers are exposed to the opposing side of their political beliefs, they are better able to comprehend the reasoning behind the contrasting argument.

The fact that a talk show does a better job at lending a platform to all voices than a platform as influential as Fox is upsetting. What’s even more upsetting is that when Fox does offer Democrats a chance to appear on their network, Democrats don’t – the Democratic National Committee rejected the chance to let Fox host one of its presidential debates last month.

Rejection of the other side of an argument is not beneficial; embracing the opposing view allows for understanding. And if the left wants to win the next election, they need to actually get inside the Fox bubble like the resistance they claim to be.