Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In with their Views on News

Whether you love or hate our current administration, the highly-contentious state of our nation makes keeping up with the news a must. In the days before the proliferation of internet publications and cable news networks, this often meant picking up a local paper or tuning in to the news at 10. However, now that there are endless sources that claim credibility cluttering up your newsfeed, it can be hard to know which ones to trust.

In an effort to help you cut through the confusion, we polled your fellow Crowdtap members on their go-to news sources and news acquisition habits. Read on for the results.

To start off, we asked members how many of them regularly keep up with the news cycle. The results were pretty impressive: 73% of members responded in the affirmative. Good job being informed citizens, y’all! We always knew Crowdtap members were smarties.

We then queried these specific members on where they turn for their daily updates. TV news was king, with 38% of members citing it as their main news source. Websites affiliated with print publications followed with 23% of the vote. Third place was a tie between two categories of questionable credibility: Social media conversations and Sites not affiliated with major news sources (13% each.)

When it came to the specifics of your favorite print publications, USA Today garnered almost a quarter of the vote (24%), while local papers came in a close second (21%.) While it was no surprise that respected pubs like The New York Times (16%), Washington Post (11%), and Wall Street Journal (6%) gathered good portions of the vote, we were shocked to find that employee faves like the New Yorker, Slate, and the Atlantic weren’t at all popular with our members (0% across the board.)

Now, on to how much you actually trust what you’re reading! A skeptical bunch, only 11% of respondents stated they fully trust their news sources to be fair and balanced. The most votes were cast for trusting only half of what you hear (18%), even when selecting your own news source. We like that you’re discerning like that! However, when it came to the depth with which you read news articles, most of you admitted that you didn’t usually dive too deep. Only a quarter of you read articles all the way through, while the majority (36%) skim till the end. Significant percentages also admitted to just skimming the first paragraph or just going by the headline (16% and 20%, respectively.)

What do you think of your fellow members news habits? Wish you could be as up-to-date or frustrated others aren’t as thorough as you are? Let us know in the comments below!

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Edith baker

I love keeping up with the news. But u don’t know who to believe anymore. I watch some but I get so aggravated and turn it off.the news is mostly fake anymore.

Lindsey Schafer

I don’t watch the news as much anymore because half of the time, you never know what to believe. The media always seems to exaggerate the truth.


I no longer receive a newspaper and do not have tv, so most of my news info comes from logging onto the internet.


I’ve tried to cut back on consumption of news because it’s almost become laughable and so decisive. I only believe a quarter of what politicians say because they tell you what you want to hear and do something else.
Follow the money!! Buyer beware!!

Christine Sickley

I hate political news, like about the weather, what’s going on in my township and the regular news

Tabitha Hassan

I like to be aware of what goes on in the world around me. Although it seems practically impossible to have enough time in the day to keep up with it all. I do believe however, that more people are paying attention and understanding more of the political world than have in the past few decades.

Elaine Bolling

Interesting. I agree with many of the comments
Lately been too busy too busy to stay uptodate on news.


Everything is so conflicting and depressing!

Heidi Todd

I’m a news junkie, but it seems like I get more honest news anymore from foreign news and press. Frustrating.

Jenny Patrick

I faithfully read my local paper everyday. I try to take the news with a grain of salt and make my own opinions.

Lana Lee

I read local newspapers online only. Watch local news; and, read online search engines


I Thank the Lord for giving me another Day

Felicia L Timoteo

I feel like politics are completely out of our control. I watch the weekday morning news with the cast I like and that’s enough for me I can’t handle all the negativity.


I get my news on line.


I get my day started by reading the news. It has become my morning routine while eating breakfast.

Sophie Cerna

I get my news on line and tv also I do in depth research

Kathy Bell

I like OAN NEWS . LOGO stands for One America News

Kathy Bell

Oh my gosh the news cycle is on every channel.Fox and One America News are my favorites​


Way late to this party, but I find it very sad. If everything is a sound bite, or skimmed, no wonder you don’t trust news outlets. If you rely on social media, like Huffington, etc., no wonder you feel lied to. Try using the consumer’s critical eye, and for goodness sake, read to the end! The first 3-5 paragraphs appeal to social media addicts, who do not want to think critically/invest the time in quality info. And then I almost always regret reading the comments/brawl/trolling that goes on. You get out of your sources what you put into them. Yes it seems like journalism is dead, but it’s not. It’s still there, if you look and take the time/effort to find it.


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