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Hundreds of Hyperpartisan Sites Are Masquerading as Local News (niemanlab.org)

(Tuesday July 14, 2020 @01:33PM (msmash) from the closer-look dept.)


The growth of partisan media masquerading as state and local reporting is a troubling trend we've seen emerge amid the financial declines of local news organizations. But [1]what do these outlets mean for journalism in American communities? NiemanLab:

> Using previous research and news reports as a guide, we've mapped the locations of more than 400 partisan media outlets -- often funded and operated by government officials, political candidates, PACs, and political party operatives -- and found, somewhat unsurprisingly, that these outlets are emerging most often in swing states, raising a concern about the ability of such organizations to fill community information needs while prioritizing the electoral value of an audience. We found that while left-leaning sites prioritize statewide reporting, right-leaning sites are more focused on local reporting, suggesting different strategies for engaging with targeted audiences and indicating the potential for these sites to exacerbate polarization in local communities.



[1] https://www.niemanlab.org/2020/07/hundreds-of-hyperpartisan-sites-are-masquerading-as-local-news-this-map-shows-if-theres-one-near-you/

Example of a hyper partisan site (Score:2)

by rsilvergun ( 571051 )

masquerading as local news [1]right [wikipedia.org] [2]here [wikipedia.org].

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_owned_or_operated_by_Sinclair_Broadcast_Group

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group#:~:text=Sinclair%20often%20mandates%20its%20stations,as%20%22must-runs%22.&text=The%20Baltimore%20Sun%20reported%20that,faith%20in%20their%20political%20objectivity%22.

News is political, biased, and extremist... (Score:2)

by SirAstral ( 1349985 )

News at 6!

No fucking shit sherlock, but you still need to read them all to get their perspectives. You cannot learn about your enemy and their motivations by locking them down... they just spring up as terrorists later and then you have a bigger problem on your hands than just "people spouting lies or hate".

Can we just keep the liars and haters? I would rather have them instead of murderous terrorists willing to kill people over their bullshit politics.

The moment you think it is okay to oppress anyone bec

Re: (Score:2)

by SirAstral ( 1349985 )

the differences are only based on your biases, just like everyone else.

There is a reason each of those outlets gain and audience. All news is indoctrination and propaganda, but regardless of those "FACTS" the news needs to be shared. As a living thinking human being, the less we know about those that hate us the more at a disadvantage we are. They are certainly taking the time to learn about us after all... well they almost do not have a choice do they? They learn about us through all of the normal new

Like the NY Times and Washington Post, for example (Score:2, Troll)

by magzteel ( 5013587 )

Like the NY Times and Washington Post, for example.

Those sites are as hyper partisan as it gets

"Twitter is not on the masthead of The NY Times" (Score:1)

by magzteel ( 5013587 )

Bari Weiss, a staff writer and editor for the New York Times’ increasingly heated Opinion section, is leaving her job, she announced in a letter to the publisher.

“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor,” Weiss said in a note addressed to A.G. Sulzberger that was posted on her personal site Tuesday. “Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about t

Slashdot? (Score:1)

by mr5oh ( 1050964 )

Slashdot posts a lot of stuff thaf isnt exactly "tech" news these days.... Or did you think we hadn't noticed?

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