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In a stunning turn of events, a new study suggests that fake news has been the biggest culprit in the rise of Trumpism.
According to a paper released by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, fake news is the leading cause of Americans’ skepticism of mainstream news and the most prevalent source of misinformation that drives Americans’ opinions.
The study found that between 2006 and 2016, the number of Americans who believe fake news on a daily basis jumped from 7.3 percent to 20.7 percent.
That increase was even more dramatic when looking at those who believe “false” news on average, a total of 30.7 per cent.
The researchers also found that “false narratives” are often a big reason for Americans’ distrust of mainstream media.
They found that those who say they are more skeptical of the news than others are far more likely to believe that “fake news” has been used to spread conspiracy theories, misinformation, or to spread false or misleading stories.
And the authors of the paper say that “news” stories that are too “fake” or biased to be true can also be used as a weapon to undermine confidence in other institutions.
It’s a pattern that has been repeated across the United States.
“We believe that a lot of the time, we have fake news.
And we believe that fake media has been one of the key drivers of the rise and spread of Trump and his agenda,” said study co-author and UC Berkeley professor of journalism and public policy, Michael Eric Dyson.
“This is not just a problem in America.
This is a problem across the world.”
As CNN reported last week, “Trump is on track to eclipse his 2008 total of seven consecutive presidential wins.”
The rise of fake news may have contributed to Trump’s 2016 election victory, but it also has helped drive his popularity.
According a survey from CNN and Ipsos Research published on Thursday, more than half of Americans think fake news was a major factor in Trump’s election victory.
The research also found the rise in fake news “is the biggest source of distrust of the media in the United Kingdom, with the UK second only to Russia as the country with the most distrust of news sources.”
And it’s not just Trump, but also mainstream media outlets that have been targeted for fake news claims.
According the report, the same fake news that Trump is now saying was invented by the news media is used by many other media outlets, including the BBC, CNN, Fox News, and other networks.
The paper found that, “the rise in mistrust of the press is a function of a number of factors including the increasing number of fake and discredited news stories being published on social media, the rise from fake news in 2016 to fake news now, and the growing reliance on the internet and mobile news consumption.”
The paper notes that, while the rise has been seen in the US and Britain, “it has also been seen globally.
In 2017, the UK saw a 15 percent increase in distrust of journalists, up from 14 percent in 2016.”
The study also found, “a recent study by the UK news service Presswatch found that the proportion of people saying the news coverage they get from their media is “mostly or entirely false” was up from 25 percent in 2017 to 31 percent in 2018.”
The authors also say that fake stories are a “hugely important part of the narrative shaping the 2016 election,” but that it’s important to keep in mind that fake content isn’t necessarily the sole source of “fakeness.”
“Fake news is an important part, but fake news isn’t the sole driver of Trump’s popularity,” said Dyson, who is also an adjunct professor of history at UC Berkeley.
“The key is not to focus too much on the fake news as a factor.
There are many other factors that are playing a role.
But there is also something that is important in this that’s not so obvious.”
The new study comes at a time when people across the political spectrum are demanding more transparency in how news is reported, which is why the authors hope the study will have a “positive” impact.
They also say they plan to continue to study fake news, as the study’s findings may help inform public policy.
“One of the great challenges of journalism is that there is this constant debate between people who see the news as unbiased and people who are influenced by fake news,” said UC Berkeley’s Andrew Kliman.
“There are people who think the news is a fair and balanced medium, and there are people that think it’s a very partisan and partisan medium.
It seems that the people who make the final call are very well positioned to say ‘We need to be more transparent about what we are getting right.'”
The paper, titled “Fake News, Fake News, And Fake News: How It Helps And Helps Trump?” is available at: http://bit.ly/2n5Q1eT.
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