New York Times Magazine writer Wil S. Hylton acknowledges in a lengthy article that Breitbart News’ comment section surpasses the Times’ by “a factor of 10.”
“This company that began as a smattering of websites about Hollywood, government and the media, then morphed into a sprawling multimedia conglomerate with offices overseas, including an eight-person bureau in London and a daily radio program on Sirius XM,” Hylton writes of Breitbart. He adds that it’s “all financed by shadowy right-wing figures and buttressed by a mob of fervent readers whose engagement in the comment section, for example, dwarfs the comments at this newspaper by roughly a factor of 10, even as those readers/commenters/trolls remain, to most of the outside world, a mysterious horde of indistinct origin and uncertain intent.”
Indeed, Breitbart News was ranked #13 on Facebook according to NewsWhip, which ranked the top 25 publishers by the total number of Facebook engagements on stories published in July.
Read the full New York Times Magazine story here.
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