Turns out that the news outlets Americans trust mostaren’t American. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. Topping the list: The Economist(published in the U.K.) with public television in the U.S. in 2nd place — but the 3rd, 4th, and 7th spots respectively are British (Reuters, the BBC and The Guardian newspaper). NPR is in 5th place. Some questioned the reliability of the poll (namely BuzzFeed which ranked 2nd from the bottom), but the results are fascinating. As the Trusting News Project concludes:
Is there a connection between people’s politics and their trust in news? (Yes.)* Do people’s race or age play a factor in what they trust? (Yes on race, less on age.) And do those factors influence how likely people are to spend money on news? (They sure do.)
Curious to know more? Click on the graph above for the survey. I’d love to know what you think — just reply to this email to tell me.
With warm regards, Mary
*For example, liberal respondents are more likely to both trust and pay for the news than conservative respondents.
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