Here’s what this all comes down to: no matter how you slice it, whether by overall coverage, coverage over time, or context, two people who watch different channels could come away with vastly different ideas of key issues in the news.
This isn’t just a hypothetical concern. Studies show that a person’s choice in cable network can be predicted based on their political persuasion, and that cable news can help reinforce people’s beliefs.
Even if people continue to “cut the cord”, political polarization in news comsumption will still be an issue. The best thing you can do? Look to multiple sources for your news and be aware of how the editorial decisions of the sources you choose might be shaping your views.