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Experts: Biased news makes U.S. voters’ job harder than ever

Voters have to be more careful than ever before about where and how they get their information about politics, experts argue.

Stanford • futurity
March 2, 2020 1 minSource

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Voters need to be careful consumers of political information and to think hard about where information comes from and how it reaches them, experts argue.

On March 3, Super Tuesday coincides with a challenging time for voters in the US when the notion of real versus fake communication about politics is in the news almost daily.

James Hamilton, a professor of communication at Stanford University is the author of a recent book called Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism (Harvard University Press, 2016). The book chronicles the impact of accountability reporting in the US.

Here, Hamilton and Jon Krosnick, a professor of communication and of political science, reflect on the historic and current role of journalism in our democratic society. The two also explain the complexities facing voters as they navigate the plethora of information sources now available and why questions about objectivity in journalism and media fragmentation make voters’ jobs harder than ever before:

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