Your perception of reality? It's shaped by your news source: survey

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

news networks (montage)People who regularly watch Fox News are much more likely to get the facts about current topics right than those who watch more liberal outlets. That's revealed in a recently published nationwide survey of 2,000 likely U.S. voters.

How individuals answer various questions influences their communities and their country – questions such as: How large is the national debt? How many unarmed black men did police shoot last year? How long until humanity becomes extinct if nothing is done about alleged "climate change"?

According to a Heartland Institute/Rasmussen poll, more viewers of Fox News knew the right answers when compared with people who watch CNN, MSNBC, and similar outlets. Justin Haskins of The Heartland Institute explains that's because liberal media outlets are more interested in changing people's minds than reporting the facts.

"People who consume media that is run [and] controlled by people on the left are much more likely to get the facts wrong," he begins. "It's because they're not really getting the facts; they're getting the narrative – and the narrative is shaping their view of the world."

Haskins

In his opinion, that accounts for the fact that often the Left and Right can't even agree on the basic facts of a story.

"People who are regularly consuming left-leaning media and people who are regularly consuming right-leaning media are living essentially in two different universes with two totally different perceptions of reality," he adds.

To those on the Left, he argues, the details don't really matter all that much.

"I think people on the Left are more likely to believe that their overarching ideology is correct …," he continues. "The important thing [to them] is that we move people in the right direction – and if we have to sort of mislead in order to get there, that's okay: the ends justify the means."

The poll found, for example, that when compared to viewers of Fox News, viewers of news outlets like CNN and MSNBC are "substantially more likely" to believe that if CO2 emissions continue to increase at recent rates, humans will "become completely or nearly extinct" due to climate change within the next century.

As the survey points out, there's no evidence that will happen – even among those who are greatly concerned about "climate change."

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