Who Elected Trump – Fake News Or The Media

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Since the 2016 Presidential Election a narrative has emerged that Fake News, much of it produced by Russian sources and amplified on social networks, generated millions of views among segments of the electorate eager to hear stories about Hillary Clinton’s untrustworthiness, unlikeability, and possibly even criminality.

The Columbia Journalism Review recently published an in-depth analysis of the effect that Fake News had on the election outcome. The key takeaway is that while fake news played a role, the mainstream media, by focusing much more on controversy (e.g., Hillary emails, Trump taxes) than policy, played a much bigger role role.

In just six days, The New York Times ran as many cover stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails as they did about all policy issues combined in the 69 days leading up to the election.

Read on:  Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.