Fetterman Says News From TikTok Is A Warped Perspective

(RepublicanReport.org) – On October 7, Hamas launched a coordinated terrorist attack against Israel, starting a war that continues to this day. Although the subsequent conflict doesn’t directly involve the US, many people concerned about the number of civilian casualties since the start of the war are calling for President Joe Biden to push for an end to the fighting. Recent polling shows the majority of Americans are unhappy about the president’s handling of the situation.

On December 19, Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) appeared on CNN for a brief interview with Jake Tapper. The host referenced a recent New York Times/Siena College poll showing that 72% of 18 to 29-year-olds surveyed somewhat or strongly disapprove of how Biden was handling the Israel/Hamas conflict. Tapper asked Fetterman why he thought so many young people had this viewpoint. At first, the Pennsylvania legislator said he didn’t know, but then said many within that demographic get their “perspective from TikTok.” As such, he said that view “on the world” will be “kinda warped” and not “reflective … of how things absolutely are.”

Fetterman went on to say that Hamas is the group that started the conflict, broke the ceasefire, and killed “babies, children, [and] women.” The lawmaker said it’s clear that Israel just wants peace, but it isn’t possible so long as the militant group is around.

In mid-November, Pew Research conducted a poll about where Americans get their news. The research showed that 50% of adults surveyed sometimes or often get their news from social media. Facebook was the number one platform used as a news source, garnering 30% of those who regularly get the news from social media, followed by YouTube with 26%, Instagram at 16%, and TikTok with 14%. That said, the poll showed 44% of those 14% that get news regularly from TikTok were ages 18 to 29.

Still, it’s unclear if those users look to individual accounts for news or traditional news sources with accounts on the app.

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