Political Implications of East Coast Media Bias

Every day we get inundated with news from major media centers like New York and Washington, DC. In sports, it’s a common refrain that the world always is centered around the teams down the I-95 corridor from Boston to Baltimore, yet how does that impact our politics. In this episode, I spend some time highlighting stories from the west coast of the United States that would be major issues if they took place on the other side of the Mississippi River. From California towns declaring themselves sanctuary cities to Oregon parents turning violent at school board meetings, these stories mirror some of the same conversations that are taking place in the east coast but receive none of the coverage.

Meanwhile, the violence in Portland and Seattle epitomizes some of the ongoing debates taking place regarding police reform and while those conversations continue to take place, they are overwhelmingly focused on Chicago or New York or even Buffalo simply because to their proximity to the power centers. As a result, the American public knows less and less about what is happening in large swaths of the country simply because it is not covered. Yet, we get daily breakdowns of Chicago’s murder numbers, Loudon County school boarding meetings are practically streamed on FoxNews, and CNN focuses so much of their attention on what a few politicians in New York City think about issues. If we’re going to come together as a country, we can only do so once we all know what we’re going through.

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