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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Political polarization in the news media

A recent project by the Pew Research Center describes the media habits of Americans depending on their political preferences. There isn't that much surprise in the report: Americans are very polarized, more so than a decade or longer ago.... There is one chart that I found quite interesting: it tries to describe the relative stance of different news outlets across media types (newspapers, newsweeklies, cable news channels, etc.).
The chart is quite loaded on the left. It is surprising that The Economist and even the WSJ are considered to be liberal, The Economist quite so actually. More interesting was the result to the question: "Do you trust/distrust a particular media outlet?" Of course, people trust the outlet reflecting their political views and distrust the one with the opposing views. Yet, three news outlets were trusted by everyone: BBC, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Everyone mostly distrusted Buzzfeed.

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