Fashionable expertise, Ricketts stated, permits such an operation to be based mostly wherever there may be expertise. And, he stated, “there isn’t a place with extra gifted individuals than Omaha.”
However he added that he’s nonetheless placing collectively a employees, which may come from wherever.
When requested about launching an unbiased information supply, Gary Kebbel, emeritus professor of journalism on the College of Nebraska-Lincoln, stated Straight Arrow Information is an enormous identify.
“I feel most individuals will say that is precisely what they need,” Kebbel stated, however he is not satisfied that is actually what they’re on the lookout for.
Folks’s attitudes about bias within the information, he stated, are influenced by their very own opinions. And other people with robust political opinions on the appropriate or left are usually extra captivated with searching for tales than these in the course of the spectrum, Kebbel stated.
Who would be the viewers for this? I ask. Will Ricketts present one thing Fox Information does not?
“I’m wondering if individuals can be prepared to know that (Ricketts) is a conservative and if that may entice a sure viewers,” he stated. “Or will they get upset if he is not conservative sufficient, or will they get upset if he is really neutral and nonpartisan?”
Ricketts expressed his confidence and stated he’ll depend on “safeguards” in order that his startup actually delivers information with out prejudice or political twist.