Fully 45% of U.S. adults say government, politicians and elected officials bear a great deal of responsibility for preventing made-up stories from gaining attention, on par with the 43% that say this of the public and the 42% who say this of social networking sites and search engines.
The survey also shows many Americans are confused by supposed fake news. “About two-in-three U.S. adults (64%) say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.”
Prior to the focus on supposed fake news and the establishment media’s effort to link it to some grand and menacing Russian plot to take down America, most people made up their minds without government or media interference on what is real and what is not.
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