Study: Politics sway the ‘news’ we believe

FICTION? Americans can’t distinguish between fact and opinion when it comes to news statements, according to a new Pew Research Center study.
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The vast majority of Americans are unable to tell the difference between facts and opinion, according to survey results released yesterday by the Pew Research Center.

The survey found that both Republicans and Democrats are more likely to think news statements are factual when they appeal to their side — even if they are opinions. Americans overwhelmingly see statements they think are factual as accurate, and mostly disagree with factual statements they incorrectly label as opinions.

The survey of 5,035 U.S. adults asked them to identify how many of five factual statements were facts, and how many of five opinion statements were opinions. A fact was considered something that could be “proved or disproved by objective evidence — or as an…

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