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We study how a decision maker (DM) learns about the bias of unfamiliar news sources. Absent any frictions, a rational DM uses known sources as a yardstick to discern the true bias of a source. If a DM has misspecified beliefs, this process fails. We derive long-run beliefs, behavior, welfare, and corresponding comparative statics, when the DM has dogmatic, incorrect beliefs about the bias of known sources. The distortion due to misspecified learning is succinctly captured by a single-dimensional metric we introduce. Our model generates the hostile media effect and false polarization, and has implications for fact-checking and misperception recalibration.
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