Hi Keith! If you're up for a debate, let's refine the points here.
I didn't say Obama thought Fox was right and NPR was left - but isn't it interesting that he chose those two as examples?
If you look at the Pew research, there's a clear correlation between the party association and the news outlet.
You're right - there is also a correlation with a college degree, but does that really apply to how we engage with facts?
I think anyone with a primary school education should be able to navigate the difference between fact and opinion.
I also never said that NPR is the liberal version of Fox. I said conservative people (might) choose Fox for the same reason I choose NPR - we like the respective formats, regardless of the news.
I think what you missed in my piece is this: It's not about Obama or Fox or NPR - it's about people preferring what they prefer. That's why the social media tailored bubbles will continue to thrive and influence us. It's more about psychology than anything else, I think.
I'm trying to understand my fellow Americans, but at the same time, I think I have to be willing to accept that we don't like or want the same things, and yes, that might include facts.
My suspicion about college degrees is that, when you go to college, you're usually exposed to a wider world, and I think those experiences could turn you onto liberal values. But I don't think college makes people more logical or analytical.