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Sun Nov 3, 2019, 08:30 PM

Americans Trust Local News. That Belief Is Being Exploited.

Source: New York Times

Americans Trust Local News. That Belief Is Being Exploited.

A growth in impostor local news that promotes ideological agendas.

By Brendan Nyhan
Oct. 31, 2019

The nature of the news misinformation problem may be changing. As consumers become more skeptical about the national news they encounter online, impostor local sites that promote ideological agendas are becoming more common. These sites exploit the relatively high trust Americans express in local news outlets — a potential vulnerability in Americans’ defenses against untrustworthy information.

Some misinformation in local news comes from foreign governments seeking to meddle in American domestic politics. Most notably, numerous Twitter accounts operated by the Russian Internet Research Agency were found to have impersonated local news aggregators during the 2016 election campaign.

A recent Senate Intelligence Committee report found that 54 such accounts published more than 500,000 tweets. According to researchers at N.Y.U., the fake local news accounts frequently directed readers to genuine local news articles about polarizing political and cultural topics.

Domestically grown dubious outlets are also proliferating. Last week, The Lansing State Journal reported the existence of a network of more than 35 faux-local websites across Michigan with names like Battle Creek Times, Detroit City Wire, Lansing Sun and Grand Rapids Reporter.

These sites mix news releases and town announcements with rewritten content derived from other sources, including the Mackinac Center, a conservative think tank in the state, and the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

All of them originate with a company called Locality Labs L.L.C. ...

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/31/upshot/fake-local-news.html

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Related: Dozens of new websites appear to be Michigan local news outlets, but with political bent (Lansing State Journal)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 08:45 PM

1. This makes me think about the Boris Epshteyn segments for

Sinclair. 70 percent of households have been watching RW propaganda from a Russian citizen, through their local news.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 08:50 PM

2. We have a Sinclair station in our area

I don't watch, but many people do. Scary!

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 08:55 PM

3. They have been listening this paid Russian agent for close

to 4 years. Scary as hell.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 09:12 PM

4. Kick. These fake newspapers along with Sinclair local TV news stations keeps the propaganda growing

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Response to lunasun (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 12:28 AM

5. Sinclair is worse than the Russkies

Those lyin bastids.

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