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Conservatives more trout-like than liberals in leaping at fake news

Conservatives love fake news (that’s highly partisan in nature and that attacks their targets) more than liberals. But some researchers say that shouldn’t come as a big surprise and deals with how liberals and conservatives process the world.

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Wed, December 7 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Conservatives more trout-like than liberals in leaping at fake news

Elitism in the current political context

Aaron Wherry takes a stab at what someone like Conservative leadership hopeful Kelly Leitch, herself a daughter of a wealthy family and a paediatric surgeon to boot, means when she rails about “elites.”

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Sun, December 4 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Elitism in the current political context

Liberal democracies might not be that stable

Yascha Mounk, a government lecturer at Harvard University, doesn’t believe that once a country becomes a liberal democracy, there’s no turning back. He thinks liberal democracies — including the United States — are at serious risk of political decline.

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Tue, November 29 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Liberal democracies might not be that stable

White House press corps already normalizing Trump

CBC opinion columnist Neil Macdonald writes that the extremism of Donald Trump and his nascent administration is simply being accepted by Washington reporters.

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Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on White House press corps already normalizing Trump

A case study in fake news going viral

From the NYT tweet: “How one tweet from a 35-year-old with 40 followers started a nationwide conspiracy theory about anti-Trump protests.”

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on A case study in fake news going viral

Russian propaganda inserted itself in U.S. election

Lede: “The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”

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Thu, November 24 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Russian propaganda inserted itself in U.S. election

Bannon’s journey from Breitbart to White House

Media writer Simon Houpt profiles Stephen Bannon, the one-time executive chair of the right-wing Breitbart News turned most powerful adviser to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

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Sat, November 19 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Bannon’s journey from Breitbart to White House

Obama denounces fake news trend

Subhed: “The U.S. president denounced the spate of misinformation across social media platforms, including Facebook, suggesting American politics can be affected.”

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Thu, November 17 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Obama denounces fake news trend

Social media: It’s no journalism medium

With its emphasis on sharing and engagement, Facebook and other social media platforms inadvertently feed into the propensity for people to share news that reinforces their views and to do it with people whose views they share, says technology professor Ramona Pringle.

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Mon, November 14 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Social media: It’s no journalism medium

The looming Trump administration and the press

Donald Trump maintained a very adversarial relationship with the press corps following him around during the U.S. presidential campaign. What will be the stakes if he adopts a similar style in the White House?

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Sun, November 13 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on The looming Trump administration and the press