What to Believe When the Mainstream Media Lies: The Guide on the Trustworthy Media Resources

Vel

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For me, I trust my intuition. -Vel

Can you trust the mainstream media? This is a popular question that everyone of us asks at least once. The abundance of information is great when you know that you can trust it. But how can we be sure in its trustworthiness nowadays?

Unfortunately, the current online media is all about profit. For most sources, money and how to make it is everything that matters. The regular readers often do not know how or do not care to check the quality of content. We are talking here not about the way the material is written but about the content itself.

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Bias, Bullshit and Lies: Audience Perspectives on Low Trust in the Media​


This report explores the underlying reasons for low trust in the news media and social media across nine countries (United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Australia, France, and Greece). The study is based on analysing thousands of open-ended responses from the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, where we asked respondents to give their reasons for low trust in their own words, using open-ended text fields.

By coding and analysing responses, authors Nic Newman and Richard Fletcher categorise the specific issues that are driving public concern across countries.

Among those who do not trust the news media, the main reasons (67%) relate to bias, spin, and agendas. Simply put, a significant proportion of the public feels that powerful people are using the media to push their own political or economic interests, rather than represent ordinary readers or viewers. These feelings are most strongly held by those who are young and by those that earn the least.

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