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The Alt-Right’s Friends in the Media

It has been said by many observers that the Alt-Right, a band of pro-white chauvinists, white supremacists, and neo-nazis “memed” their way into the White House. This narrative does have some truth to it, but seriously understates the role that the corporate media as a whole had in promoting Trump’s candidacy and legitimizing the Alt-Right as a social movement. In this essay, we argue that structural defects in media reporting indirectly, and in some cases, directly, handed the Alt-Right a platform with which to express their views.