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Americans Trust Local News. That Belief Is Being Exploited.

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By Brendan Nyhan

In this well-researched Upshot article by Brendan Nyhan, imposter local news sites to promote ideological agendas, political parties and candidates are on the rise and designed to exploit the public’s trust in local news sources. Another example why Lesson #1 in our news literacy course is: Know Your Neighborhood. Lots of misinformation is intentionally designed to look and sound like news to deceive and manipulate the public.