Loss of local newspapers is making America more politically polarized

Loss of local newspapers is making America more politically polarized

As of 2016 there are roughly 1,300 daily newspapers in the United States. Only 45 percent of counties in the United States contain a daily newspaper headquarters. National news is influencing local politics and make citizens vote blindly along party lines. An encroaching erosion of local community has been a subtle force in the past century.

World Press Freedom Day events raise alarm on fake news

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – A rising tide of fake news and disinformation is dominating World Press Freedom Day discussions taking place this week in Ethiopia, which is hosting the event after freeing jailed journalists as part of sweeping reforms. As the world prepares to mark the day on Friday, media practitioners and experts have raised the alarm and deliberated on ways to combat disinformation that they say is becoming a “threat to democracy.”

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Opinion | For World Press Freedom Day, here’s our bipartisan call to protect journalists

U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) are co-chairs of the Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus. As members of Congress, we swear an oath to defend the Constitution, a pledge that includes protecting the First Amendment and its guarantee that the freedom of the press not be infringed.

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