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New study: lies thrive where an independent press does not

All you need to know about the value of an independent press and its watchdog role is right here.

A new study by POLITICO, based on US election and audited subscription results, shows a direct correlation between Donald Trump’s performance in the 2016 US presidential election and subscriptions to news publications. Trump did well in areas with low subscription levels and poorly where subscriptions were high.

“That gives new force to the widely voiced concerns of news-industry professionals and academicians about Trump’s ability to make bold assertions about crime rates, unemployment and other verifiable facts without any independent checks,” POLITICO said. “Those concerns, which initially were raised during the campaign, were largely based on anecdotes and observations. POLITICO’s analysis suggests that Trump did, indeed, do worse overall in places where independent media could check his claims.

(Chart by Herry Lawford via Flickr)

 

 

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