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How The View and The Five Fight Against Confirmation Bias

Erik Sofranko

Posted on May 26, 2022 19:54

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A comparison of ABC’s The View and Fox News’ The Five and how they both help fight against confirmation bias.

Both The View on ABC and The Five on Fox News have grown to be influential daytime talk shows that are made interesting through their uniqueness. Both shows feature five co-hosts who regularly discuss controversial topics regarding political current events. The View has four liberals and one conservative, whereas The Five has four conservatives and one liberal.

It can be difficult to give equal speaking time to the co-hosts, especially in the midst of a fiery debate. However, it is definitely preferable to listening to a single host give lectures about the way they view the world without an opportunity to hear alternative perspectives.

The View is known for making headlines for viral debates that occur on the show. From October 2017 to August 2021, Meghan McCain was the conservative voice on The View. Her father, Senator John McCain, encouraged her to jump at the opportunity to be The View’s conservative voice. The talk show began to rise in popularity due to the viral heated arguments between Meghan McCain and Joy Behar, who has been on The View for 25 years. McCain ultimately ended up leaving the show voluntarily before her contract expired due to Behar’s alleged contribution to a toxic work environment.

With McCain’s absence, there has been a rotating list of conservatives who have filled her chair until ABC finds a permanent conservative replacement. Some of these conservative fill-ins include Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, and Ana Navarro.

On The Five, the original liberal voice was Bob Beckel, who produced several viral moments including cussing on the air on multiple occasions. Since Beckel’s departure, there have been many quality fill-ins, such as Harold Ford Jr., Juan Williams, and Geraldo Rivera.

Similarly to The View, The Five gives the audience the opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on the pressing issues of the day. This is a vitally important practice in the United States that needs to be promoted more often.

Confirmation bias is the desire to only seek information that fits one’s own narrative based on their existing beliefs. This confirmation bias has been a significant factor in the increased polarization of Americans.

It is not beneficial for an audience to be sitting in an echo chamber where they only want to hear their own views confirmed. This is a major problem for both liberals and conservatives. The unwillingness to listen to the other side of an argument is not good for democracy.

The View and The Five are successful because they provide an alternative to the commentary shows that only give one side of the story with a single host.

The media has played a major role in dividing Americans, but political talk shows like The View and The Five try to help bridge the political divide. We need more critical thinking in the United States, not less.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on May 26, 2022 19:54

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Source: Slate

The huge figure immediately hit the “confirmation bias” button in many people’s brains. But hold up.

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