Its first report on the phenomenon, which examines where people are hearing news and opinion in both regular and social media, shows that this is happening for very different reasons among people moving to the right than for people moving to the left.
Or that’s the charitable way to put it. The less charitable way is to
say Pew discovered that conservatives are consuming a right-wing media
full of lies and misinformation, whereas liberals are more interested in
media that puts facts before ideology. It’s very much not a “both sides
do it” situation. Conservatives are becoming more conservative because
of propaganda, whereas liberals are becoming more liberal while staying
very much checked into reality.
right-wing media, which has a nifty trick of convincing audiences it’s
the other guys who are the liars, all while actually being much less
trustworthy in reality.
The problem with this is watching Fox News actually makes you less
informed than if you don't watch any news at all. In a 2012 study, Fox News viewers rated the absolute lowest in ability
to correctly answer questions on a quiz about recent news events.
People who didn’t take in any news programs at all did better on the
quizzes. NPR listeners rated the best. Consistent liberals in the Pew
research were big fans of NPR, by the way. It was the second most common
outlet cited as a favorite by consistent liberals, topped only by CNN.