Study: Young people don't trust the media

A lack of trust in the mainstream media isn’t just a phenomenon among Donald Trump supporters — it’s common among young people all along the political spectrum.

A newly released study from Data & Society and the Knight Foundation found that today’s teenagers and young adults have worryingly low levels of trust in the news media.

Interviews with 52 participants in three cities show that young people are widely skeptical of the news and concerned that their news sources were inaccurate or biased.

“The news is only what the majority wants to hear,” one participant, a 22-year-old African-American female, told researchers. “It’s never the complete truth, and it may be false in some aspects. … There’s bias in the language. Loaded words. It’s just the way they word it.”

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