“Trump backers’ alarming reliance on hoax and conspiracy theory websites, in 1 chart” by Aaron Blake

“Trump backers’ alarming reliance on hoax and conspiracy theory websites, in 1 chart” by Aaron Blake

August 22, 2017 0 By CPE

Analysis | Trump backers’ alarming reliance on hoax and conspiracy theory websites, in 1 chart
By Aaron Blake August 22, 2017 Washington Post

“While we observe highly partisan and clickbait news sites on both sides of the partisan divide, especially on Facebook, on the right these sites received amplification and legitimation through an attention backbone that tied the most extreme conspiracy sites like Truthfeed, Infowars, through the likes of Gateway Pundit and Conservative Treehouse, to bridging sites like the Daily Caller and Breitbart that legitimated and normalized the paranoid style that came to typify the right-wing ecosystem in the 2016 election. This attention backbone relied heavily on social media.”

“Partisan Scores” are based upon how often a source was shared by Trump and Clinton supporters. Scores range from -1 for sources shared mostly by Clinton supporters to 1 for sources shared mostly by Trump supporters.

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