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Media’s next challenge: Overcoming the threat of fake news

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News media members in Las Vegas at the presidential debate between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton. Several papers plan to cut jobs in the coming months. /Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

 

By Jim Rutenberg | The New York Times

The past year has turned the United States into a country of information addicts who compulsively check the television, the smartphone and the good old-fashioned newspaper with a burning question: What fresh twist could our national election drama and its executive producer, Donald J. Trump, possibly have in store for us now?

No doubt about it: Campaign 2016 has been a smash hit.

And to the news media have gone the spoils. With Mr. Trump providing must-see TV theatrics, cable news has drawn record audiences. Newspapers have reached online readership highs that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

On Wednesday comes the reckoning.

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