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Trusting the News Media in the Trump Era

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Partisan dynamics overshadow other factors in Americans’ evaluations of the news media

BY JEFFREY GOTTFRIEDGALEN STOCKINGELIZABETH GRIECOMASON WALKERMAYA KHUZAM AND AMY MITCHELL

It is no secret that, in an information environment characterized by deep tensions between President Donald Trump and national news organizations, Americans are divided in their trust of the news media. A new Pew Research Center exploration of more than 50 different surveys conducted by the Center – combined with an analysis of well over 100 questions measuring possible factors that could drive trust in the news media – confirms that in the Trump era nothing comes close to matching the impact of political party identification. On item after item, Republicans consistently express far greater skepticism of the news media and their motives than Democrats, according to this analysis that focuses on trust in the news media during 2018 and 2019.

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