My first thought now when I see a piece from a partisan source is WHY did they publish this? The content is generally a twisting of reality for a propaganda outcome. The reason I look at partisan articles is to see what outcome they are trying to achieve.
Often it’s simply a distraction from something they are vulnerable to. The article itself is inconsequential, but acts as a smokescreen for something that should be quite serious.
There’s some serious work behind the scenes to set these narratives. Concepts are market tested by calling the electorate and taking feedback. This then flows into politicians talking points, keeping them on the exact message that has been shown to be most effective. With media arms on board, the media will follow up with the same narrative to support the political apparatus. What I’m saying isn’t conspiracy talk, I’ve spent a long time talking to a guy who does this exact service for Aus and UK political parties.