The media often attributes a portion of Donald Trump’s election to fake news — as in the vintage, original meaning of that term: Macedonian teens making bank on preposterous headlines; the Islamization of Texas, Pizza-shop child-sex conspiracies, etc. Such fabrication, commentators worried, reverberated around online echo chambers so resoundingly that our very democracy was imperiled.
Or, you know, not.
Bob speaks with Brendan Nyhan, government professor at Dartmouth College, about his latest study, Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. CONT.
On The Media