Political polarization blamed on TV news deregulation
The more television news we watch, the more polarized we become.
That’s the finding of a new Washington State University study that also blames U.S. political polarization on the deregulation of television news.
The WSU Murrow College of Communication said the intent of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 may have been to spur competition and provide opportunity. Instead the result was consolidation as large companies such as FOX and NBC bought smaller, independent TV stations and cable news channels, th