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Fake News May Erode Trust in Mainstream Media, Increase Trust in Congress

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  found that consuming fake news increased political trust, especially in Congress and the justice system.Fake news consumption was associated with a 4 percent increase in overall political trust and an 8 percent increase for trust in Congress, according to the study’s findings.While the overall association between fake news and political trust was positive, there are differences among political parties, the researchers point out.Strong liberals trusted the government less after reading or watching fake news, while moderates and conservatives trusted it more, the study found.“Strong liberals exposed to right-leaning misinformation may be most likely to reject its claims and mistrust the current Republican government,” said lead author Dr..

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