Yes and it makes me sick. We need redistribution.
as for influence, fox and talk radio lean hard American right. MSNBC and some talk shows lean hard American left. mainstream media leans soft American left. MSNBC leans hard American left.
the public generally doesn't say "wait a minute" before it hits their doorsteps. this generally happens when the economy crashes or something serious happens, like a transition from manufacturing to a global / post labor economy. if there's not enough opportunity, people turn to safety nets. if there are no safety nets, people start to consider other options.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller