Poll About ‘Fake News’ Shows That Major Media Outlets Are Still Seen As Credible


A Morning Consult poll has revealed some interesting results about the way the general public looks at so-called fake news.

Earlier today, we brought you some statistics via Soledad O’Brien: 62% of Americans get their news, in some form, from social media and fake news headlines fool adults about 75% of the time. Now, we have even more to share.

The poll results indicated that 31% of respondents said they see fake news in their social feeds more than once a day. 55% said they’ve started reading a story only to realize it was fake.

Perhaps even more interesting is this:

They see mainstream media as credible, in spite of all of the negative things that were said about it during the campaign season.

Since “fake news” became a talking point, there has been major confusion over what it is. Originally, the term was applied to completely made-up stories that were written on credible-looking blogs and distributed for profit by writers and producers who knew they were fake but didn’t care, either because they found it funny or only wanted the money. The term was co-opted by a number of people who have since tried to apply it to stories they don’t personally like, any reporting that uses anonymous sources, and, often enough, the mainstream media itself.

The above poll, at least, proves that the majority of people do not conflate fake news with real news from major outlets. It also proves that there is still a decent amount of trust between consumers and big networks.

Note that network news is seen as more credible than cable news in general and that far-right sites like Breitbart and InfoWars were essentially tied for credibility with satirical site The Onion.

These results are especially stunning considering rally-goers were chanting “CNN sucks!”  at Donald Trump events mere weeks ago.

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