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- (journalism) A published article or post aiming to sway public opinion by presenting false or biased information in a way that appears objective and truthful.
- 2013, Eric Dezenhall; John Weber, Damage Control […] , Easton Studio Press, →ISBN, page 126:
- And respectable media institutions do have their standards, but there is something insidious—and very human—at work in the preparation of a hit piece: the media's desire to believe in the evil of their targets.
- 2019, Bret Easton Ellis, White, Pan Macmillan, →ISBN:
- She seemed so exacting and the magazine itself so impossibly glamorous to my college-kid sensibility, and did I really want to do a hit piece on an actor? […] And so the plan was set in motion: I would meet the actor Judd Nelson, find him appalling, and write about how awful hanging out with him had been.