Fake News as Discursive Integration: An Analysis of Sites That Publish False, Misleading, Hyperpartisan and Sensational Information

  title={Fake News as Discursive Integration: An Analysis of Sites That Publish False, Misleading, Hyperpartisan and Sensational Information},
  author={Rachel R. Mour{\~a}o and Craig T. Robertson},
  journal={Journalism Studies},
  pages={2077 - 2095}
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