America’s first digital generation has been criticized for being ‘newsless.‘ Most concerns suggest that adults age 18 to 34 do not visit news sites, read print newspapers, watch television news, or seek out the news. A study conducted by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, proves these critiques otherwise.
After Maricruz Abarca’s mother brought her into the United States illegally as a teenager, Abarca began building a life. She’s now a mother and business owner in Baltimore, she recalled during a Wednesday demonstration organized by immigrant rights advocates in the shadow of the Capitol. But the life she’s settled into was upended in September after President Donald Trump reversed Obama-era provisions that insulated from deportation people who, like her, were brought to the country illegally as minors.
Even before President Donald Trump called the media, “the enemy of the American people,” and began using the term fake news to discredit journalists, trust in the media was already at an all-time-low. A 2016 report by Gallup, an independent survey company, said Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” had dropped to its lowest level since 1972 when they first started asking the question. Bill Gentile, a full-time film and media professor at American University hopes to curb this trend by taking people behind the scenes and showing them the sacrifice and dedication of the journalists that bring them the news.
Watching just three minutes of Fox News can cause a substantial rightward shift in the average viewer’s political attitude, according to a study by Emory and Stanford University researchers conducted earlier this year. Political scientists Gregory Martin and Ali Yurukoglu found that watching only three minutes of Fox News can make the average democratic voter 1 percent more likely to vote republican. They estimate that if Fox News never existed, John Kerry would’ve been the popular vote winner in the 2004 election, and Barack Obama would’ve captured 60 percent of the popular vote in 2008, as opposed to just 52 percent.
More than half of 115 million prescriptions for pain pills each year are distributed to people with mental health disorders, according to research released earlier this year. Adults with anxiety or depression receive 51.4 percent of prescriptions for opioids yearly, the analysis from researchers at the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth found. The study is one of the first to explore the link between mental illness and opioid use, justifying further examination of the connection between the two, the study’s authors say.
More than 60 percent of DACA recipients have been able to earn more money because of their DACA status to help family members financially, according to one national survey.
Of the millions of Americans on edge awaiting the results of Tuesday’s presidential election, one man is likely among their ranks: Merrick Garland.