The necessity to comprehend the dynamic nature of Americans’ news-consuming patterns is highlighted by the shifting media landscape.
Other, more pervasive cleavages have not received as much attention in research as understanding how partisan media diets differ.
We concentrate on the connections between populism, the sources of news that Americans use, and their perceptions of the reliability of the news media.
We examine the news media diets of populists using an original, nationwide survey of Americans (N = 1009) fielded in March 2020, controlling for partisanship, ideology, and pertinent covariates.
Studies show that the two main facets of populism—anti-elitism and mistrust of experts—have intricate relationships with media diets.
While people with anti-elite attitudes do not avoid mainstream outlets and have favorable opinions of journalists and mainstream media, those who mistrust experts consume a more ideologically extreme media diet and place their trust in fringe outlets and social media.
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