This is one of those time travel things where if you went back to say 2003 at the height of the Iraq War kill darkie flag waving bullshit and told someone this, they’d probably just slit their wrists. No really, in 2018 more people trust the objectivity of Fox News than all the other major networks. Did they get better or something? No, they got worse, fired half their top brass for being creepy sex abusers, then started endorsing sex criminal Republican candidates and, you know, it’s a long story. On the other hand, serial television gets really really good so be ready for that.
“The news is “critical” or “very important” to preserving democracy, according to 80 percent of the more than 19,000 American adults surveyed for a new Gallup/Knight Foundation study published Tuesday. Yet less than half said they could pick out a news source they believe is objective.
Fox News—far above of The New York Times, CNN, and the BBC—is the most objective source, according to 24 percent Americans surveyed for the study. Although that percentage is low, the other outlets scored much lower. Fox News’ rating is largely due to the network’s dominant position among Republicans (60 percent of whom say it is objective) and their near complete distrust of other sources.
In a speech Wednesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake is set to compare Trump’s distribution of the “fake news” awards to something that would happen under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
A majority of Americans said that social media and “fake news”—or false stories—are wreaking havoc on people’s perceptions of what’s true and helping polarize American society. Seventy-three percent of respondents to the study said the spread of inaccurate information or “fake news” online is a major problem.
Trump is also playing a role in undermining what trust remains, experts say. “There’s no question the president plays a large role in cultivating this climate of distrust,” Gleb Tsipursky, an assistant professor of history at The Ohio State University, who studies emotions, decision-making, social control, and civic engagement, tells Newsweek.”
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