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News consumers should be ‘uncomfortable’, says author

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ST. LOUIS — A new book examines news coverage and its impact on political division in the United States.

NewsNation political editor Chris Stirewalt’s book, “Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back” is available for purchase.

In an interview with FOX 2 News, Stirewalt explains how his experience working in political media inspired the book.

“What I’ve observed in my career is how politics has moved from the periphery to the center of everything,” he said. “Increasingly, all stories are pushed through a political prism before we can talk about reality.”

In “Broken News”, Stirewalt shares information about probing methods and the number of calculations needed to make a call. We asked how he would help shape NewsNation’s midterm election coverage.

“If we think ambitious fair news is important and we need to demonstrate that it can be profitable; that doing it the right way and doing it the hard way is worth it, so we have an obligation to be the best,” Stirewalt said. “I think that’s what we are being.”

Then how Stirewalt defines “fair news?”

“It should be our aspiration in every story to present the multiple points of view. Present the controversy impartially. Not stacking the game one way or the other,” he said.

Stirewalt shared his thoughts on former President Donald Trump’s impact on midterms and the potential presidential race in 2024.

“It’s a difficult climate. If Republicans want to take advantage, they can’t run around with their hair on fire saying whether they worship Donald Trump or hate him like the devil,” Stirewalt said.

As voters prepare for the midterm elections and beyond, Stirewalt offered advice on becoming more savvy consumers of political news.

“You have to trust the sources that will give you the whole story. You have to be prepared to be a little uncomfortable,” he said. “To be well-informed means to be a little uneasy.”