Americans are polarized when it comes to the media they trust, with Democrats trusting more outlets and completely different outlets than Republicans do.
The recently published study from Pew Research Center finds Republicans only have a handful of media outlets they trust and rely on to bring them their news. For "conservative Republicans," Fox News is their most trusted source, with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity a distant second and third. "Moderate/conservative Democrats" trust a larger swath of the media, with CNN leading the pack followed closely by the Big Three broadcast networks: NBC, ABC, and CBS.
Reacting to the latter, Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says that follows, given the liberal bias of those particular outlets. "Certainly, on the left it's more confirmation bias because it's groupthink; that's traditional media," he observes. "So they can say, 'Oh look. They believe with us.'"
He says Republicans, on the other hand, have fewer choices – and in fact, the study reveals that Republicans look at more media they disagree with than Democrats do.
"There's just not enough conservative media and not enough exposure for it," Gainor explains. "When you're a conservative outlet and you're competing with the Washington Post and New York Times and CNN, that's not David and Goliath. David got a sling and some stones."
Gainor contends it's important for conservatives to support their favorite news sources because "there are groups out there actively trying to silence the right and take away even that little bit of advertising support that we get."
As to media bias, it is interesting to note that Fox News was the only 24-hour news outlet to cover the President Donald Trump's speech on Friday at March for Life, which they did live and in full. CNN and MSNBC refused to air any part of the speech.