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Why cable news bias is getting worse

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After measuring visibility bias, researchers found CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have all shifted away from the centre of the political spectrum

With confidence in the news media dipping to historic lows, it’s no surprise that a primary gripe the public has with outlets is their perceived biases. 

New research backs this up – The University of Pennsylvania analysed 10 years worth of content from CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

The research revealed shifting media biases over the study window, while prime-time shows largely drove heightened polarization between the channels. 

So how did they stack up? Fox News tended to skew toward the right over the past decade while MSNBC and CNN moved left.

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The team focused on visibility bias, assessing the perceived political leanings of guests who appeared on the networks. 

Polarization between the networks was particularly acute in the period following the 2016 presidential election of former President Trump and continued to shift over time.

The data shows the relationship between Fox News, CNN and MSNBC has polarized — growing increasingly distant from one another.

So in essence, it’s like a civil war.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Meet Purple – the new M&M “spokescandy” character

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Mars has introduced its first new M&M character in more than a decade

The new purple “spokescandy” is a peanut M&M designed to represent acceptance and inclusivity

Purple joins the other classics like Red and Yellow.

Mars says the character’s “charm and quirky nature” comes from her “keen self-awareness, authenticity and confidence”

Mars redesigned its M&M characters earlier this year after facing criticism for Green’s sexy characterization

In announcing Purple, Mars put out an ad with the character singing an original song, “I’m Just Gonna Be Me.” 

Mars says one dollar from every stream of Purple’s song will be donated to a nonprofit arts company.

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Why is Trump suing CNN?

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump is suing CNN for defamation

Trump is taking his vengeance to the Federal Court in Florida.

He alleges CNN has sought to use its massive influence to defeat him politically.

The former president is seeking 475 million dollars in punitive damages, according to the lawsuit.

Trump has previously said he will be commencing actions against other media outlets who defrauded the public during the 2020 election.

His attorney’s believe there was a smear campaign, including commentary that he is a cult leader and a racist.

Of course, defamation cases are hard to win. Public figures have to prove that journalists acted with malice.

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Why Beatles’ legend Ringo Starr cancelled a concert

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Beatles’ legend Ringo Starr cancelled a concert after falling ill.

The 82-year-old drummer was supposed to perform with his All-Starr band in the U.S.

In a statement shared by the venue in Michigan, Starr’s team says the drummer did not have Covid but the illness affected his voice.

The casino says “Ringo is sick and was hoping he could carry on, hence the late decision, but it has affected his voice so tonight’s show, scheduled to begin in a few hours is cancelled.”

Saturday night’s cancelled shows was already a rescheduled date from this June after Starr band members were diagnosed with Covid.

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