Maine Business Daily is part of a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. Yet the network, now in all 50 states, is built not on traditional journalism but on propaganda ordered up by dozens of conservative think tanks, political operatives, corporate executives and public-relations professionals, a Times investigation found.
This article serves as yet another example of the extent and level of organization of the American radical right’s propaganda and disinformation machine. What I wonder, though, is why don’t progressives take this playbook and run with it themselves to push the opposite agenda? It seems obvious and cost-effective.