Pew Study: Right-Wing Radio Shows Among Most Distrusted Sources Of News

Study Finds Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, And Sean Hannity More Distrusted Than Trusted Among All Generations

A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck's talk radio shows are more distrusted than trusted among three generations surveyed by Pew.

Pew surveyed millennials, Generation Xers, and baby boomers on political news sources and how each generation trusted them. The study published on June 1 found that “Four sources are distrusted more than trusted by all three: The Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and BuzzFeed.” From Pew Research Center:

Right-wing outlets have a history of misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric. Radio host Rush Limbaugh has increasingly faced backlash from advertisers and radio stations because of his false and inflammatory rhetoric, including calling law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” in 2012. 

Fox News host and radio personality Sean Hannity regularly makes racist and sexist remarks and in April reported questionable claims about terrorists to stoke fears about immigration.

And Glenn Beck has a history of violent and inflammatory rhetoric including outlandish conspiracy theories which eventually forced him off of his Fox News show.