In a survey held in April 2018, around 22 percent of Americans said that they found CNN to be a very untrustworthy source of news and information. Opinions regarding the network’s trustworthiness were highly varied with an additional 24 percent finding it to be trustworthy and 32 percent calling it neither trustworthy or untrustworthy.
Coined by Donald Trump during the 2016 election cycle, the term ‘fake news’ is often used by the president and his supporters to describe news stories or even entire news networks which they believe to be spreading false information. Over 50 percent of Americans believe that online news websites regularly report fake news stories, while only nine percent believe that fake news is not reported. It is difficult to determine whether these claims are aimed at true falsities or are primarily encouraged by political affiliation or a lack of understanding about the topic at hand.