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Article published Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at Fox News.

Democrats -- Who Do You Trust?

By John R. Lott, Jr.

Who do Democrats trust more for news: FOX News or The New York Times? With all the vitriol directed against FOX News, one would think that it is a no brainer. But a new Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows that it is FOX News. While 43 percent of Democrats have a positive view of FOX News, 39 percent of Democrats feel the same way about The New York Times.

Of course among Republicans or independents it isn't even a close contest. Seventy-two percent of Republicans have a favorable view of FOX News compared to only 16 percent who have a favorable view of The New York Times. Almost twice as many independents have a favorable view of FOX than The New York Times.

The survey was done from July 22nd to the 26th so it doesn't reflect how the New York Times ignored the Van Jones story or the recent controversy over ACORN.

*John Lott is the author of Freedomnomics.

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Since the first news search was done additional news stories have been added to Nexis:

There are thus now 218 unique stories, and a total of 294 stories counting duplicates (the stories in yellow were duplicates): Excel file for general overview and specific stories. Explicit mentions of defensive gun use increase from 2 to 3 now.

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