Brian Stelter interviews New York Times Opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury about changes to the section, like replacing the old term “op-ed” with “guest essay.” While the Times news pages strive to inform readers about “how the world is,” Kingsbury says “our opinion pages are really trying to tell our readers how the world can and perhaps should be.”
Brian Stelter searches for “the root cause” for all the “big and little lies” in the news, and cites a research on how “political sectarianism” is surging in America, partly due to the media. Researcher Eli Finkel likens it to “holy war.”
Brian asks David Leonhardt about “irrational Covid fears” and, on the other hand, reckless rhetoric from the likes of Tucker Carlson. The bottom line, he says, is that it’s “really important for us to start returning to normal.” People will do so at their own pace, and that’s okay, Zeynep Tufekci adds.