Republican identity rests partly on disdain for media

Political Science Professor Meredith Conroy, FiveThirtyEight, April 5, 2021, writes that trust in media among Republican has fallen precipitously since 2015 to the point that the stance has become part of their political identity. Republicans rely on Fox News and view the rest of the media as leaning Democratic.

A poll in 2019 showed that Republicans were three times more likely than American adults to think news organizations don’t understand them. Seventy-three percent felt that way compared with Democrats at 58%. (Pew Research Center, January 18, 2019, by Jeffrey Gottfried and Elizabeth Grieco)

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