Last week’s election Joseph R. Skeptical about Biden Jr. looking into the reasons behind the casting, some researchers are pulling a link to the growing distrust of the news media among conservatives.
Research by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has seen a long and steady decline in trust in traditional media among more conservative Americans. Instead, they are increasingly relying on right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart News and One America News And conservative pundits with a history of spreading lies.
According to the institute, from 2015 to 2020, confidence in the media fell from 25 percent to 13 percent among conservative-leaning respondents. Annual turnout On news habits. According to the latest results, among left-leaning respondents, confidence increased slightly from 35 percent to 39 percent.
The declining trust in news has been there for years and coincides with the increasing use of social media as the main source of information. In 2020, according to the Social Media Reuters Institute, in 2013 more than 27 percent was a source of news for the public.
The division has created an environment where even the basic facts are not agreed upon, making it easier for President Trump and others to spread lies about the election results, Institute director Rasmus Claes Nielsen said. He said right-wing media outlets did not have the same fact-checking rigor and instead served as an echo chamber, helping to nurture the belief that the election was rigged despite a lack of credible evidence .
This week, POLITICO Published A poll found that 70 percent of Republicans did not believe the election was free and fair.
“The people on the right have lost faith in the news media,” Nielsen said in an interview. “It has created an environment where a significant portion of the American public feels isolated from established news media, but they still seek and seek information.”
He said that the situation in the United States is outstripped by other Western democracies as the media became increasingly polarized, especially on the right, and Republican political leaders were more willing to spread lies. Any attempt to regulate or intervene by Internet platforms, Mr. Nielsen said, “would be seen as an attempt to silence their voices and marginalize them from public life.”
Leticia Bode, an associate professor at Georgetown University who studies intervention against misinformation, said that combating misinformation related to the election was particularly difficult because it “taps into the political identity that this Very strong and very influential in the era. “
“It makes it difficult for anyone to change their mind,” he said.