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November 15, 2023
With AI fueling what Axios recently called "a perfect misinformation storm" online, local TV and radio stations and broadcast networks continue to report the facts, investigate complex stories and provide Americans' most trusted news.
Half of all Americans say they rely on broadcast radio or television stations the most for trusted news. Fighting against news deserts, broadcasters are investing time and resources into investigative news – a public service that online sources cannot replicate. More Americans believe local broadcasting does a better job of solving problems in our communities, educating people about important local issues and providing information than social media and personal networks.
To combat online misinformation and keep Americans informed with news they can trust, broadcasters invest in quality journalism. Several broadcast groups and networks have dedicated teams and partnerships working to fact-check viral stories and claims.
These are just a few examples of how broadcasters work tirelessly to bring the most trusted local and national news to communities across the country every day.
More than 2.47 million American jobs depend on broadcasting, and the local broadcast radio and television industry - and the businesses that depend on it - generate $1.17 trillion annually for the nation's economy.