We’ve all know that liberals and conservatives consume different media, but a new study confirms something I’ve known to be true for a long time — liberals consume a variety of different media while conservatives latch on to one major source, like a cult.
Liberals favor CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and The New York Times, but none of those sources more dramatically than another. Conservatives have an overwhelming favorite: Fox News Channel, according to a study of media habits released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
Conservatives are more likely to distrust news sources that don’t reflect their point of view, the study said.
Conservatives tend to have more friends who share their political views, and are more likely to read material on Facebook that reinforces their opinions. Liberals are more likely to “defriend” someone on Facebook or end a real friendship because of political differences, Pew said.
[…] The Wall Street Journal was the only organization trusted by majorities of both strong liberal and conservatives, with Buzzfeed the only organization distrusted by both groups, Pew said.
[…] Among people judged as true moderates, CNN was listed as the main news source by 20 percent, with local TV next at 16 percent.