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38 Percent of Americans Trust Media to Separate Fact From Fiction

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Just 38 percent of Americans believe that the media does a good job separating fact from fiction. According to the latest edition of the Reuters Institute "Digital News Report," an identical percentage of them believe you can generally trust what the media reports.

Perhaps the most stunning finding of all is that just 53 percent believe they can trust their primary news source most of the time. In other words, nearly half of all Americans are skeptical of the reports coming from the news program they choose to watch. For example, only 49 percent of Fox News viewers believe it’s the best source for accurate and reliable news. Among CNN viewers, an even smaller number — 32 percent — are as confident about their chosen network.

These results suggest that the most important tool for fighting what has been called "fake news" is already in place; alert consumers who are skeptical of what they hear are less likely to be misled. In the modern media world, people have developed their own personal fact-checking routines. Many vet the news they hear by sharing it with friends on social media and getting feedback from people they trust. That’s one benefit from the fact that 41 percent share news through social platforms every week.

The Reuters report also showed intense polarization of the media, "The websites of TV networks like ABC, NBC, and CBC are used far more by people who self-identify as left-wing, along with The New York Times and The Washington Post. By contrast, the Fox News and Breitbart websites are mostly used by people with right-wing views."

Overall, the report shows a very large number of news outlets with left-leaning audiences and very few to the right of center. Yahoo News is close to the center. While the Reuters study did not include Ballotpedia, other data from Quantcast shows that we serve an ideologically diverse audience that closely mirrors the nation’s partisan divide.

The Reuters report also looked at the gateways people follow to find their news. Nearly a third (32 percent) go directly to their online news sources. A quarter (25 percent) find news through search engines, and 23 percent find news through social media.

As I note in "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," it’s great news that Americans now have many alternative sources of news at every level of society. But it hasn’t been so great for the elite media companies that used to control the news flow.

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia. Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

Scott Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at the King’s College in New York and an Editor-At-Large for Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. His most recent book, "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," was published by the Sutherland Institute in May.To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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