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Trust in UK news organisations tumbles during COVID-19 outbreak: Reuters Institute

 

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FILE PHOTO: People watch the TV as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech, at a pub, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Liverpool, Britain, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Less than half of Britain's people trust in news organisations as a source for COVID-19 information, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said.

 

The level of trust has fallen throughout the pandemic and about 8 million people in Britain are now at risk of being less informed, uninformed or misinformed about the disease just as the government grapples with a second wave, the Institute said in a report.

 

"The significant growth in the number of people vulnerable to misinformation means the UK is less well equipped to deal with the coronavirus communications crisis during the second wave and the winter ahead," director Rasmus Kleis Nielsen said.

 

Trust in news organisations as a source about the pandemic fell to 45% in August from 57% in April. Daily use of COVID-19 news has dropped 24 percentage points over the same period, to 55% from 79%, the Institute's report said.

 

While most people in the United Kingdom were well informed significant minorities - around 20 million people - felt neither the news media nor the government had explained what people should do in response to the virus.

 

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is a research centre at the University of Oxford that tracks media trends. The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, funds the Reuters Institute.

 

To see the full report: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/communications-coronavirus-crisis-lessons-second-wave

 

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A study sponsored by a news agency concludes people need to read more news to be 'better informed'. 😭

 

No news here, move along.

 

And perhaps people are now better informed because they avoid the fear mongering press and go straight to the same sources used by Reuters etc and make up their own minds.

 

You can subscribe to The Lancet, BMJ etc and read the source material the day it is published, or wait a few days to read a dramatized interpretation by a spotty intern 3 days later.

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4 hours ago, Kinnock said:

You can subscribe to The Lancet, BMJ etc and read the source material the day it is published

Exactly.  The people who gravitate toward short two minute sound-bites and simplistic MSM articles written at a sixth grade level don't have acumen or the motivation to wade through university level research papers.  I can, and I do.
The rather inane and unmotivated become rapidly indoctrinated by the simplistic, one-sided news from MSM sources geared toward short attention spans.  When confronted with an opposing opinion from the propaganda they are fed though main-stream media channels, they are entrained to simply mouth the words - "Conspiracy Theory" and all discounted and made well again. 
These same people make for excellent cannon-fodder when the wars break out.
We live in interesting times.

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On 10/27/2020 at 6:10 PM, snoop1130 said:

Less than half of Britain's people trust in news organisations as a source for COVID-19 information

 

How many of them are "approved sources" for TVF?  Serious question.

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A grammar police post has been removed

 

And now a post discussing moderation has been removed. Did you read the rules when you signed up at all?

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