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Republicans don’t trust the news media — unless it’s Fox News


Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Republicans don’t trust the media — unless it’s the media Republicans like.

That’s the takeaway from a new survey out today, which shows that the majority of Republicans think most news outlets aren’t trustworthy — but that 41 percent of Republicans think the news media they follow do get the story right. This is a lot like the truism about hating Congress but loving your congressperson.

The numbers come from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The Survey says that Democrats are also biased toward the media they follow — 38 percent of them said their favorite news outlets are “very accurate.” But Democrats are more likely to accept most news outlets: 31 percent of Democrats said the news media in general is “very accurate,” compared to 8 percent of Republicans.

What do they follow?

This one won’t surprise you: Republicans are more likely to watch Fox News, while Democrats were more likely to consume CNN, the New York Times and NPR.

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