Very true. Indeed, most people who read the NY Times — a very biased news source — probably don’t read things with other points of view. During the election I read the NY Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera on a daily basis. The first three of these pretty much all parroted the same set of opinions, dressed as news. (It used to be that opinions were confined to editorials, but nowadays they appear as purported news, but with a headline chosen to emphasize certain facts over others.)
Yet half of the US apparently disagreed with three out of these four global news sources. I am not saying who was right — I am just pointing out that it is highly likely that half the population is not completely wrong, and therefore the consistency of these news sources demonstrates their bias. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle, between what liberal and conservative sources report.
Ironically, since the election, the NY Times has had a series of articles that it really should have had before the election — articles about the plight of families in rural America, the lack of jobs outside urban areas, the way that people in urban areas tend to dismiss the values of rural America, and so on. One NY Times post-election headline read, “A Pennsylvania Town in Decline and Despair Looks to Donald Trump”. Another read, “Ohioans, Tired of Status Quo, Flipped to Trump for Change”, and another read, “Michigan Voters Say Trump Could See Their Problems ‘Right Off the Bat’”.
It’s too bad that the issues that concern each constituency were not aired out before the election. Instead, the news was dominated by personal characterizations and spin, rather than party platforms. We should have all known that it was a big show and nothing more. Don’t just blame yourself: you can blame our news media, since they played a role in this. But generally speaking, it is up to us as individuals to go outside our comfort zone, and seek the opinions of those who don’t agree with us, because that is the only way to find out what is bothering them, even if their news sources are as inaccurate as ours.