February 27, 2020

Campaign ’16: How Coverage Rerouted


  • You didn't imagine it; coverage of the 2016 election did skew to the right.
“Breitbart’s effectiveness came not only in getting people to share its stories, but in shaping what other, more mainstream outlets did with them.”

Summary: This fascinating report from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School used data analysis to evaluate over 2 million stories from the 2016 presidential election. The result? Far-right upstarts and fake news sites were able to leverage the power of platforms like Facebook and Twitter to amplify ultra-conservative and alt-right perspectives. Ultimately, these voices were able to drive mainstream election coverage, resulting in a more right-leaning focus across the board.

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