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The Kamala Harris Conspiracies Are HerePolitics-Lab-Kamala-Harris-2151008601.jpg

The Kamala Harris Conspiracies Are Here

Leah Feiger: Well, yeah, no, in your reporting, you shared posts of people calling her the DEI candidate. That’s what’s going around, and it’s not just Trump in the public sphere sharing this. These were conspiracies that were legitimately being repeated on Fox and all over the place. David Gilbert: After those fringe platforms, we […]

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How Influencers and Algorithms Are Creating Bespoke Realities for Everyone

David: Key to these factions are influencers. How have they become so powerful? Renée: They have the followers. Even conspiracy theorist influencers have followings in the millions at this point. Mainstream media doesn’t necessarily get that kind of readership on a given article or viewers on a given piece of content. But the influencer is

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Is Dr. Phil a Bigger Political Stage for Candidates Than CNN?

The Nielsen figure only captures television viewership, leaving out what may have been millions of additional viewers streaming the debate from their phones or laptops. It also didn’t count YouTube or Twitch creators who streamed the debate and provided live commentary for their audiences either. But that doesn’t change the fact that last election cycle,

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