How can the news media help people understand complex issues?
In this episode of The First Five, Lata Nott speaks with researcher Emily Thorson about why Americans have so many misperceptions about public policy issues. The problem isn’t a lack of motivation, or even “fake news”–it’s that most readers lack the context necessary to understand news stories about complicated subjects. Emily discusses how providing them with a little relevant background information can go a long way towards clearing up conclusion and fostering trust in the news media.
Lata Nott is the Executive Director of the First Amendment Center at the Freedom Forum Institute.
Emily Thorson is a professor of political science at Syracuse University.