AuthorLovelace, Haylie Nicole
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractThis thesis explores the tendency for partisans to trust or distrust the reporting of news organizations that feature opinionated slants depending on whether the organization historically aligns with their beliefs. A survey was distributed to 106 students at the University of Arizona in order to assess this behavior. Each participant was randomly presented with a news article that was labeled as either coming from the Fox News or CNN websites but the content of each article was identical. Their attitudes toward the article and the news organizations themselves were then assessed through a series of questions regarding the article’s trustworthiness, believability, fairness and level of bias. The results did not conclusively show that partisan groups prefer the news source aligning with their beliefs. Instead, they served as yet another example of the existence of a deepening divide within the electorate.