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Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right

"GOPers shouldn’t ‘normalize' the alt-right, and neither should the media imbue the movement with an outsized importance to feed its preferred narrative regarding the election…this obsessive coverage of the alt-right not only helps mainstream a small movement, it’s exactly what the bigots need and want to grow." What role, if any, is the media playing in legitimizing the alt-right movement through their coverage of it? Does the focus on a small group of extreme racists weaken true critiques of the Trump administration? What is the media’s responsibility to its viewers in terms of displaying coverage of all issues without giving preference to the most sensational stories? Should the media cover fringe movements and bring them into the spotlight of the national stage? After witnessing the immense power of the media in driving the 2016 election, should a new role be envisioned for them in the future?

November 22, 2016 l The Federalist

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