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News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

“We observe segregation in political news consumption.” In this working paper, “Partisan Enclaves and Information Bazaars: Mapping Selective Exposure to Online News,” Stanford researchers examined a “data set of web browsing behavior collected during the 2016 U.S. presidential election” to see how Democrats and Republicans seek out news sources and how they change their news consumption levels in response to different political events. (The data set is from YouGov and was also used in this paper.)

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The researchers looked at two specific events during the 2016 campaign — Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” Access Hollywood tape and the Comey letter revealing that he’d reopened the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton — to see how people reacted. One thing they found:

Democrats consumed more news stories after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, while Republican consumption was largely unaffected. Conversely, Republicans increased their news consumption following the release of the Comey letter, while Democrats consumed no more news than usual.

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