PBS, Fox News, and Trustworthy Sources

Public Policy Polling has released a poll they conducted of what television sources people trust. Interestingly, PBS is the source that the most people trust, while Fox News was listed as the #1 “most trusted” source and the #1 “least trusted” source. I highly recommend reading the summary at the very least, and actually the full report is very readable and gives you a lot more detail, breaking it down among political parties. Key quote:

-Democrats trust everything- except Fox News. NBC does the best with them at +50 (67/17), followed by PBS and CNN at +49 (66/17 and 65/16 respectively), ABC at +38 (57/19), CBS at +35 (58/23), MSNBC at +33 (56/23), and even Comedy Central at +4 (36/32). Fox News comes in at -36 (25/61).

-Republicans meanwhile don’t trust anything except Fox News. PBS comes the closest to breaking even among non-Fox outlets, although not very close, at -30 (26/56).  It’s followed by CNN at -49 (18/67), MSNBC at -51 (18/69), NBC at -52 (17/69), CBS at -54 (17/71), ABC at -56 (14/70), and Comedy Central at -59 (12/71). But Fox News comes in at a stellar 73/17.

Independents are with the Democrats. They trust everything except Fox News. Main takeaway from this poll: tv news has become just as polarizing as the political parties in this country.

It would be worth our time to talk a bit in class about the implications of this kind of divide for providing support for an argument.

 

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