How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism

A new study, by a respected scholar on internet culture, winds up a penetrating indictment of journalism’s internal inconsistencies

Whitney Phillips’ “The Oxygen of Amplification” draws on in-depth conversations with dozens of journalists to illustrate an uncomfortable truth: The media inadvertently helped catalyze the rapid rise of the alt-right, turning it into a story before it was necessarily newsworthy. Illustration: alashi/Getty Images

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