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The differences between news and opinion have been blurred for some time now.

It’s imperative for astute citizens to realize the difference.  News literacy is more important now than ever before.

Watching and getting “news” from organizations with an overt political bent will taint the news/opinion lines.

A recent survey from The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, in which more than 2,000 Americans were polled, identified the most-trusted news hosts in the country.

The survey found these to be the most-trusted news hosts:

  • Lester Holt (NBC News) — 32 percent
  • Anderson Cooper (CNN) — 29 percent
  • David Muir (ABC News) — 28 percent
  • Robin Roberts (ABC News) — 28 percent
  • Harris Faulkner (Fox News) — 24 percent
  • Brian Williams (NBC News) — 24 percent
  • Andrea Mitchell (NBC News) — 23 percent
  • George Stephanopoulos (ABC News) — 23 percent
  • Chris Wallace (Fox News) — 22 percent
  • Craig Melvin (NBC News) — 21 percent

The report also identified the least-trusted hosts:

  • Sean Hannity (Fox News) — 30 percent
  • Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) — 26 percent
  • Don Lemon (CNN) — 25 percent
  • Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC) — 23 percent
  • Chris Matthews (MSNBC) — 22 percent
  • Joe Scarborough (MSNBC) — 22 percent
  • Tucker Carlson (Fox News) — 21 percent
  • Chris Cuomo (CNN) — 20 percent
  • Laura Ingraham (Fox News) — 20 percent
  • Anderson Cooper (CNN) — 19 percent

Interesting that recent Walter Cronkite School of Journalism honoree Anderson Cooper made both the most- and least-trusted lists.

Also in the report, Americans trust network news (like ABC, NBC, CBS) over cable news (CNN, Fox News, MSNBC), newspapers, radio, online news sites, social media and podcasts.

Remember:  always be wary of the source for your news.  Sorting fact from fiction has become everyone’s responsibility.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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