Ashleigh Banfield Bets Big on ‘Unbiased’ News, But Can Airing ‘All Sides’ Succeed in an Era of Polarized Facts?

This column marks another installment in the series, The Follow-Up, aimed at examining the high-profile journalists and standout press moments shaping our media ecosystem.

Can any media organization or cable news host succeed in delivering on a promise of objective journalism in a moment when the country is increasingly polarized not just over politics but about facts themselves?

For veteran reporter and TV host Ashleigh Banfield, she’s betting the answer is yes — and her new, one-hour 10 p.m. interview show, Banfield, debuts tonight on WGN America’s NewsNation prime time programming. The network’s NewsNation broadcast debuted in September during the home stretch of the 2020 election, positioning itself as an “unbiased” alternative to the partisan echo chambers of CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

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