How TV Show Producers Twist Things for Ratings and Their Own Political Prejudices to Influence Millions

From Robert Reich in the Guardian:

“the point I want to make is , , , about the people who produce popular TV talkshows.

“They decide two hugely important things: (1) the topics to be discussed, and (2) how those topics are framed.

“These two decisions determine what issues the public focuses on (out of an almost infinite number bubbling up each day) and what’s debatable about them (out of an almost infinite number of possibilities).

“And these two determinations in turn fuel public emotions – ranging from anger, indignation and outrage, to hope, pride and confidence. They affect our daily conversations. They shape our politics. They divide or connect Americans. They help set the national agenda.”