Local news network promotes partisanship and collects user data, investigation finds

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A network of 1300 local news outlets is doing fine financially during the pandemic. But an investigation finds that these outlets have a conservative agenda. Photo by Pixabay.

Local news outlets have been disappearing nationwide ever since the dawn of the internet. The coronavirus pandemic hit them hard, causing even more advertising dollars to evaporate.

But one network of 1300 local news outlets is doing fine. These outlets have names such as Kern County Times, LA Harbor News, East Ventura News, NW LA Times and NW Riverside News.

However, according to investigations by the Columbia Journalism Review and the New York Times, these are not typical newspapers and websites that practice traditional journalism. These sites have a conservative agenda. 

Credits

Guest:
Gabriel Kahn - University of Southern California - @gabekahn

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel