News consumers should feel “uncomfortable,” the author says

St. LOUIS – A new book examines news coverage and its impact on the political divide in America.

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 seen throughout my career has been how politics has moved from the periphery to the center of everything,” he said. “Every time, every story goes through a political prism before we can talk about reality.”

In “Breaking News,” Stirewalt shares insights into survey methods and the number dialing involved in making a call. We asked him how he’ll help define NewsNation’s midterm election coverage.

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“If we believe that aspirational fair news is important and we must demonstrate that it can be profitable; that doing it the right way and doing it the hardest way is worth it, then we have an obligation to be the best,” Stirewalt said. “I think that’s what we’re on our way to being.”

So how would Stirewalt define “fair news?”

“It must be our aspiration in every story to present multiple points of view. Present the controversy fairly. Don’t stack the deck in one direction or the other,” he said.

Stirewalt shared his thoughts on former President Donald Trump’s impact on legislatures and a potential 2024 presidential run.

“This is a challenging climate. If Republicans want to take advantage of this, they can’t be running around with their hair on fire talking about whether they adore Donald Trump or hate him like hell,” Stirewalt said.

As voters prepare for the midterms and beyond, Stirewalt offered tips for becoming more savvy consumers of political news.

“You have to trust sources that will give you the full story. You have to be willing to be a little uncomfortable,” he said. “Being well-informed means being a little uncomfortable.”

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