Joe Rogan and Bari Weiss – Biased Reporting About Trump Supporters
A recent episode of the Joe Rogan podcast featured New York Times journalist Bari Weiss. The episode proved to be one of the most unpopular in the show’s history.
The reason so many people were turned off by the conversation was that it seemed to be a classic example of biased reporting about Trump supporters from a member of the mainstream media.
Bari Weiss works for the New York Times; a paper with an easily discernible disliking, and subsequent bias against, Donald Trump and his supporters.
People were also very disappointed in Joe Rogan not calling her out, and instead agreeing with her baseless assertions and implications that Trump supporters are intellectually weak, uninformed, and fundamentally a bit dumb!
America Is Polarised
America is more polarized than at any other time in modern history. And most of the world has followed suit. Donald Trump, and politics in general, are subjects that are proving to be incredibly divisive.
The rhetoric on all sides of the political divide is becoming more and more hostile. Public opinion is extremely polarized.
Different Meanings of MAGA
Some see Donald Trump as a monstrosity that represents hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism.
Others see Donald Trump as a saviour of Western Civilization, sticking it to the man and taking power away from a Washington elite that was busy destroying the United States and the Western world in general.
Very few people are on the fence. The majority of people are massively emotionally invested. MAGA means very different things to different people!
Biased Reporting Is Eroding Trust
If you turn on Fox News you will hear a solidly pro-Trump message. If you turn on CNN you are guaranteed an anti-Trump message.
The media is even more divided than the public at large. News organisations and reporters are firmly on ‘teams’ arguing from emotion and more interested in winning than ion getting to the truth.
Large swathes of the public notice this biased reporting and so they no longer trust the media.
Bari Weiss was an example of this flagrant media bias and this is why people reacted to her with such disdain.
Because Bari Weiss is on the anti-Trump team, writing as she does for the New York Times, she made numerous assumptions about Trump supporters being ignorant and not understanding reality, while providing not even a shred of evidence to back up her claim.
Tribalism Is Alive and Well… and Going Nowhere
Tribalism is an innate feature of the human animal. It can never be rooted out. It can only be managed.
And the only way to manage any psychological propensity is to first admit it exists.
Unfortunately, way too many members of the biased media and the public at large recognise tribalism in others but thoroughly fail to recognise it in themselves.
Biased Reporting Is Killing Constructive Public Debate
This is a big problem. It is tearing the fabric of society apart. Enmity and bad vibes abound. Polite, productive public debate is being more and rarer.
Obviously, biased reporting is a form of lying. And people hate being lied to.
So flagrantly biased reporting makes people frustrated, exasperated and angry. And it is, therefore, killing constructive public debate.
What Is The Solution?
There are ways to solve this problem of biased reporting and improve the public discourse.
Two specific mindset changes would improve things a lot.
Firstly, more people, especially in the media, need to keep their identity small. This means that they would stop emotionally identifying with their position on Trump and their ideological ‘team’.
Secondly, more people need to realise that they are probably (certainly!) wrong about lots of things! The world is complex and most people know very little. The overwhelming majority of us are unaware of the extent to which our beliefs are really just based on emotions, hunches, biases and gut feelings.
The Good Life Guys Show / Podcast has episodes detailing both of these mindset improvements. So perhaps the world would be a better place if more people from the media, and society at large, were tuning in to the GLGs on a regular basis!