Among five groups of news consumers examined, Americans who rely most on President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force for news about COVID-19 clearly stand out, according to a new analysis from Pew Research Center's American News Pathways project.
Among the key findings:
- Those who rely on Trump and the task force for their coronavirus news give, by a wide margin, the most negative assessments of the media's coverage of the pandemic.
- About half of this group (51%) say the outbreak has been made a bigger deal than it really is, compared with just 8% who say it’s been downplayed too much (40% say it’s been approached about right).
- Those who rely most on Trump and the task force also stand out in the coronavirus topics they have been following and claims they are aware of:
- They are focusing more attention than other groups on the economic impact of the pandemic and the federal government’s response.
- And six-in-ten of them also have heard a lot about the unproven claim that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine could be useful in treating the virus, a higher portion than any other group.