A majority of Americans believe mainstream news is fake

A Harvard University survey has confirmed that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum regard mainstream media report as fake news.

Published: May 28, 2017, 9:34 am

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    The results were reported exclusively by The Hill, an online political news source in Washington.

    Some 65 percent of voters in the US do not trust the media, and believe that news outlets such as CNN and the Washington Post publish false information.

    Several recent polls have found a similar distrust in the media, including a Gallup survey from September revealing that only 32 percent of Americans trusted the media.

    According to the survey, some 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats share the belief.

    Ironically the backlash is being created by the media’s shrill obsession with attacking president Trump over anything and everything, even non-issues. The poll comes in the wake of another Harvard study showing the media as overwhelmingly biased against the current administration.

    The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy scrutinized coverage from 10 mainstream television news networks, as well as print newspapers, and discovered that some 98 percent of reports by some outlets were overly negative about the president.

    Some 84 percent of voters even said it was hard to know what news to believe online. The Harvard-Harris online survey of 2 006 registered voters was conducted between May 17 and May 20.

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