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I know it's Buzzfeed but bear with it a moment as the underlying point is important and the issue is bi-partisan:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/how-the-hyperpartisan-sausage-is-made?


After CNN reported White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was “sidelined from television appearances,” both sites whipped up a post — and outrage — for their respective audiences. The resulting stories read like bizarro-world versions of each other — two articles with nearly identical words and tweets optimized for opposing filter bubbles. The similarity of the articles also provided a key clue BuzzFeed News followed to reveal a more striking truth: These for-the-cause sites that appeal to hardcore partisans are in fact owned by the same Florida company.


It's not surprising but this level of it is pretty blatant even for western interweb media.
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Well, I thought it would be likely. There is a market for this sorts of news. People like being told what they want to hear. Coverage bias, outright lies and inflammatory headlines, we are heading towards an intellectual Armageddon where people, especially adults, do not know how to discuss, but argue instead. We no longer argue ideas, but headlines. We shove our sources into each others face while denying the other as just more "fake news".

The problem with fake news is, anything that doesn't tell us what we want to hear is fake news. It may or may not align with reality, but it surely does not align with our own, therefore it must be fake.

Reason is dying.
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Targeted advertising at its best.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Well, I thought it would be likely. There is a market for this sorts of news. People like being told what they want to hear. Coverage bias, outright lies and inflammatory headlines, we are heading towards an intellectual Armageddon where people, especially adults, do not know how to discuss, but argue instead. We no longer argue ideas, but headlines. We shove our sources into each others face while denying the other as just more "fake news".

The problem with fake news is, anything that doesn't tell us what we want to hear is fake news. It may or may not align with reality, but it surely does not align with our own, therefore it must be fake.

Reason is dying.


You may find this interesting. According to this, reason isn't dying. It's just that humans were never any good at it.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds
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