CNN's Fareed Zakaria: The British Tabloids "Scaremongering" In Favor Of Brexit "Are Basically Their Fox News"
FAREED ZAKARIA: There’s another piece here which is important to point out, which is that the media is often accused of bias. And look, we know most journalists do tend to be probably left of center. But there’s another problem here, which is that if you loo at the Brexit campaign, the people who wanted Britain to leave were entirely using emotion. They were conjuring up horror stories of millions of refugees coming into Britain, overwhelming the social services, things like that.
BRIAN STELTER (HOST): This is what we see in the tabloids, right? The Daily Mail, The Sun, the British tabloids that were supporting a departure from the EU.
ZAKARIA: Exactly. The British tabloids are basically their Fox News. They don’t have Fox News, but they have the tabloids. And on the other side, the people who wanted Britain to remain were producing studies and economic analyses and experts. So the media does have a bias in favor of facts. It does have a bias in favor of authentic, legitimate experts who are providing data, and they do point out that some of the scaremongering is, in fact, scaremongering. Now you can call it bias, but I think journalists have to point out when one side is using facts and the other side is using, kind of pushing emotional buttons, that there’s a difference. They’re not equivalent.