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Broad Agreement on Who Is the 'Mainstream Media'

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The term “mainstream media” has long been used to refer to established journalism outlets in the United States. More recently, it has been used in a critical context by politicians and members of the media themselves. To learn more about how Americans think about the term, the Pew Research Center in March asked a representative sample of U.S. adults whether they consider each of 13 different news outlets—selected to represent a range of audience sizes and sectors—to be part of the mainstream media. 

This data was previously published on and appears in this issue of Trust Magazine.

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After the Fact

After the Fact: A Podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Welcome to “After the Fact,” a new podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts that brings you data and analysis on the issues that matter to you. Experts from Pew and other special guests discuss the numbers and trends shaping some of society’s biggest challenges, then go beyond the facts with nonpartisan analysis and action.