News Fact or News Opinion

News Fact or News Opinion

Fact opinion 50%The line has become so blurred between news fact and news opinion today that most people have a hard time determining the difference, according to research by Pew Research Center. A news fact and news opinion, as defined by Pew, are “something that’s capable of being proved or disproved by objective evidence – or as an opinion that reflects the beliefs and values of whoever expressed it.” The key problem is: Regardless whether a statement correctly is seen as fact or opinion, if Americans identify the statement as fact, they overwhelmingly believe it to be accurate when it is an opinion. People who are digitally savvy and understand how news is reported do much better determining the difference correctly, according to the research. The extensive study doesn’t offer ideas on how to rectify this situation, but making news education part of the high school curriculum and having opinion shows on news and science channels labeled as such might be a good start.