Assignment 5 – Tables
February 11, 2018
Is “Fake News” Fake?
There is a thing about sayings and trends that make them so ingrained in how we use them that we may tend to forget when they started or what we used or did before they began. I cannot remember when I first heard “Fake News” but I do remember it becoming more and more popular until POW it was everywhere; the word, not necessarily actual fake news.
“Fake News” in quotations has permeated our media and political lives with unforeseen and inconspicuous consequences. We may not understand how it is affecting us but we do know that it does affect us. The Pew Research Center did a study on how the concerns of fake news in December of 2016 asking participants such questions as had they ever thought a news story was made up or not fully accurate? Had they re-posted an article believing it was true, to find out later it was not? And were they confident that they could tell the difference?
The results found that most Americans are confident they can spot fake news and even though there is growing number of fake news on the internet. This table shows that fake news does cause confusion though and that is a majority belief across many demographics such as age, gender, income, education and race.
Source: Pew Center Research, survey conducted December 1-4, 2016
“Many Americans Believe Fake News is Sowing Confusion”
*Note: Whites and Blacks include only non-Hispanic
Here is a graphic chart of the information: