Aug 16, 2017

The NYT does a deep-dive into Breitbart

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N.Y. Times Magazine cover story by Wil S. Hylton, "Steve Bannon once said it was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump's America simply provocative — or dangerous?":

  • Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler and MIT's Ethan Zuckerman "decided to build a colossal database called Media Cloud and spend the next decade hoovering up websites to see how information travels."
  • "Among liberals, the largest circles were CNN and The New York Times, each shaded pale blue to indicate a center-left association."
  • "But the other side of the image showed just one big red circle: Breitbart. It was three times the size of Fox News and maybe a dozen times larger than any other news source on the right."
  • "If you wanted to know who was driving the Republican agenda in 2016, you didn't need to look much farther than the massive crimson orb."

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