Right-Wing Media Act as a Hate Speech Echo Chamber

A scientific study from UCLA’s Chicano Research Center shows there’s now specific evidence that substantiates the hate speech echo chamber hypothesis. Fox News, especially, is an echo chamber for hate speech from the far right. At places like Fox, the virulent language has been toned down, but the underlying sentiments and the larger meta-narrative about politics remains intact. This has been acutely the case in recent years regarding Latinos and Muslims. The findings reveal that the hosts promoted a discourse that focused on, for example, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, and pro-Tea Party positions and that this discourse found repetition and amplification through social media. These viewpoints have far reaching consequences resulting in “an echo-chamber of voices, both online and off, that promotes hatred against ethnic, racial and religious groups and the LGBT community on social media web sites.” Using hateful rhetoric, these hosts have cast immigrants as disease ridden, equated pro-immigrant organizations with neo-Nazis, … claimed the Obama administration is promoting “race riots” and made fun of the ethnicity of Asian-American politicians. (And on and on it goes.)

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