Hyperpartisan “Local News” Sites Are Dangerous to Democracy

From a Washington Post editorial:

The Michigan Independent isn’t exactly independent. It isn’t based in Michigan, either. The outlet is one of many in a bevy of publications that look like local news sites, complete with old-timey fonts and christened with names including “standard,” “herald” and “courant” but filled mostly with political advocacy funded by super PACs and other partisan interests. This is a different threat from the foreign interference campaigns that have become the bogeyman of elections, but in some ways, it raises a similar concern. Our democracy is engaging in self-sabotage.