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Broad Agreement on Who Is the 'Mainstream Media'

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Broad Agreement on Who Is the 'Mainstream Media'

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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