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.
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.”
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.
CBC opinion columnist Neil Macdonald writes that the extremism of Donald Trump and his nascent administration is simply being accepted by Washington reporters.
From the NYT tweet: “How one tweet from a 35-year-old with 40 followers started a nationwide conspiracy theory about anti-Trump protests.”
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.”
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.
Subhed: “The U.S. president denounced the spate of misinformation across social media platforms, including Facebook, suggesting American politics can be affected.”
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.
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?