A couple of studies done about 8 or so years ago. They deal with Amercia and they’re dated, but in my opinion show the incredible position the media play in people’s perception of things. I guess I can only encourage you to not only know what you’re reading, but who owns it as well. And to discern what you’re reading.
Understand the position of what you’re reading as it will no doubt have influenced the reporting.
The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news. Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions. Those who receive most of their news from NPR or PBS are less likely to have misperceptions. These variations cannot simply be explained as a result of differences in the demographic characteristics of each audience, because these variations can also be found when comparing the demographic subgroups of each audience.