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Opinion: Media Literacy Is a Challenge for Most Americans Today



Facts matter, but Americans are having trouble these days separating fact from opinion.

A 2018 Pew Research Center survey found that only 26 percent of American adults could distinguish which five statements out of 10 were facts and which were opinion. Only 35 percent could determine which ...

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  1. WONDERFUL WRITING AND helpful to me as to Media Literacy. The whole media world has gone rogue and misleading American citizens half of whom are so gullible that they think it is ok for West Coast thugs to set fires to building containing humans and bear no responsibility. I plead with you to present an article on “where Augusta citizens of different levels of economic, social, ages, cultures get their news” A start would be the question of the proposed arena. So Press misleads that new arena will only cost $100 a year per home. If a voter pays little to no property taxes, then voter will vote yes. Raise the sales tax rate to cover the arena and see how voter votes.

    • I think you are being generous with “Half”. On a daily basis I just shake my head at the comments I see posted by people. As a country, we are not very bright. “American citizens half of whom are so gullible that they think it is ok for West Coast thugs to set fires to building containing humans and bear no responsibility.”

  2. If there was a poll taken of only tax payers on this arena, it would not pass.
    As far as separating facts from opinion, the Democrats and most of the media has an Agenda, they refuse and won’t accept facts.

  3. I’m not surprised you scored higher than I did on this quiz, Debbie. It’s a quiz clearly created by journalism academics, rather than actual working journalists. And regular news consumers won’t do as well on it simply because they don’t know some of the terminology it uses. I suspect most readers lack media literacy simply because years of thinly veiled infomercials, and the self-inflicted echo chamber of social media, have warped their sense for real news.

  4. Media Literacy is a function of overall literacy. Our schools churn out graduates who cannot even be considered functional illiterates – they are not proficient in basic reading, writing, math, spelling, history, and logical analysis. Some of my granddaughter’s classmates thought her cursive writing was a foreign language or secret code. Being illiterate ensures you are gullible and destined to blindly follow the talking heads, bloggers, conspiracy theorists, politicians, preachers, and propagandists posing as educators.

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