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Local news is drowning in ‘pink slime’ ahead of US election

Partisan sites with no obvious revenue model and opaque owners have sprung up this year

... The Kenosha Reporter is one of hundreds of local news outlets that have proliferated in recent years, particularly in the run-up to the US presidential election. Despite presenting themselves as apolitical, many are what researchers have dubbed “pink slime”: outlets that push low-quality, partisan material through their own sites and social media pages. ...

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@dredmorbius

hopefully these outlets will be as ephemeral as mushrooms. and, like mushrooms, once their supply of bullshit is exhausted, they'll die.

@Nikolai_Kingsley Of course they will.

Problem is they'll sprout anew ahead of the next cycle, when the manure is refreshed, or elsewhere, constantly upping their game.

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