Since the 2016 election, America has been in a tug of war over which news outlets to trust and which are “fake news.”
America’s trust in the media is at 41%, and it is not hard to see why.
We are constantly bombarded by ads, news blips and posts shared across social media. It is hard to tell the real news from the “fake news.”
Cable news, for example, has turned living rooms into battlegrounds where family members argue over the credibility of a particular host or channel.
While some programs on CNN, Fox and MSNBC have anchors trying their best to relay the most reliable information to the American people, the channels are littered with political commentary.
The hosts fill their time slots with accusations more than actually trying to report the facts.
Sean Hannity, host of Hannity on Fox News, constantly attacks the left for its “phony witch hunt” against President Trump. Some of the more liberal hosts, Chris Matthews of MSNBC for example, visit late night TV and are hailed as heroes in the “war on Trump.”
A Pew research poll found that 46% to 55% of individuals thought CNN and Fox News, respectively, were dominated by opinion. MSNBC likewise is viewed as biased by 85% of those polled.
While it seems no matter what channel you turn on there will be nothing but biased reporting, there are some host and outlets worth paying attention to.
CBS, ABC and PBS are viewed as more factual.
31% of American adults view PBS News as more factual, according to a Gallup/Knight Foundation poll.
The ABC, NBC and CBS nightly news broadcast deliver news with less of a bias than what is found on the Fox News or CNN equivalent.
For those who enjoy the broadcast networks but don’t like the commentary can also check out the station’s website or app. These versions are more well in depth than the broadcast counterparts and will be more easily identifiable as opinion.
One of the good things about the digital age is that we have a variety of news sources. However, we must be cautious of the news we consume.
If you are not sure about a story you heard from a news outlet, find another source and check it out. Do research and make sure what you are listening to or reading is factual.
Do not just share a Facebook post because you saw it said something about someone and you think that it is true. Double check the accuracy and make yourself aware of what is real news.
If we do not start verifying the news we consume, then the problem will never be fixed, and our idea of what constitutes as truth will become murkier than ever.