Liberals trust a much larger mix of news outlets than conservatives do, according to a new report on political polarization and media habits from the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project. People who described themselves as consistent liberals said they trusted 28 of the 36 media outlets considered in the survey, while consistent conservatives trusted only eight of them.
Liberals cited outlets such as NPR, PBS, the New York Times and the BBC as their most trusted news sources. Consistent conservatives, on the other hand, were more tightly clustered around a single news source: Fox News. The Pew survey suggests that Fox News is simultaneously one of the least and most trusted news sources in America, with 37 percent of Americans saying they don’t trust it and 44 percent saying they do.