@brian.shapiro: True dat. It would be nice if the slider had some granularity to it. I guess just like the rest of the media it condones further polarization of the populous and exploitation thereof. "Freedom of Speech" and "Free Markets" have the same problem: they both can be full of fraud.
Regarding polarization, the two parties in the USA used to be regional, not conservative / liberal.
I think the polarization is largely due to the alignment of the parties to the most fundamental differentiation of philosophies - conservative versus liberal.
No one aligns %100 with either party, imho, gratefully.