sierraleone, on 26 November 2016 - 12:28 PM, said:
The market has spoken!
Not to be rude, market-tested proof that conservatives tend to be more gullible than liberals:
There is an NPR article
where they investigated and uncovered one person of huge influence behind fake news.
Coler's company, Disinfomedia, owns many faux news sites — he won't say how many. But he says his is one of the biggest fake-news businesses out there, which makes him a sort of godfather of the industry.
However, Coler insists this is not about money. It's about showing how easily fake news spreads. And fake news spread wide and far before the election. When I pointed out to Coler that the money gave him a lot of incentive to keep doing it regardless of the impact, he admitted that was "correct."
He doesn't think fake news swayed the election.
"There are many factors as to why Trump won that don't involve fake news," he says. "As much as I like Hillary, she was a poor candidate. She brought in a lot of baggage."
When did you notice that fake news does best with Trump supporters?
Well, this isn't just a Trump-supporter problem. This is a right-wing issue. Sarah Palin's famous blasting of the lamestream media is kind of record and testament to the rise of these kinds of people. The post-fact era is what I would refer to it as. This isn't something that started with Trump. This is something that's been in the works for a while. His whole campaign was this thing of discrediting mainstream media sources, which is one of those dog whistles to his supporters. When we were coming up with headlines it's always kind of about the red meat. Trump really got into the red meat. He knew who his base was. He knew how to feed them a constant diet of this red meat.
We've tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You'll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out.
I switch between feeling like laughing and feeling like crying at this story.
This article illustrates my biggest fear about the direction of our country. Right-wing oriented people are indeed more gullible, less governed by objectivity, fact, and rationality. A lot of them limit themselves to Fox and even less factually based sources of information. They marinate in a stew of incendiary propaganda reflecting and then confirming their bias. Having nearly half the country existing in a fact poor bubble is troublesome for our democracy...these people are easily duped or misled by anyone with access to today's media, be it Russians, corporate oligarchs like the Koch's, or financially invested interests like Rupert Murdoch and his ilk. The only thing to counter this poison is the fact that older staunch right-wingers are a vanishing breed, succumbing to old age and natural causes or getting their health care repealed. The younger, more diverse, more progressive demographic factions will keep increasing year to year, thankfully.
Case in point, LoTS posted a linked article earlier on the board from 'The Denver Guardian', a known fake news right wing propaganda website masquerading as a true news organization. It was a story about some fictitious FBI agent committing murder-suicide and burning down his house. This make-believe agent was supposedly investigating the HRC e-mail case and the story's insinuation was that the make-believe deaths were similar to suspicious incidents where "opponents" of Clinton ended up dead, possibly to hush them up. LoTS posted this link with the comment that maybe James Comey might end up similarly silenced, having committed suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head twice. LoTS was called out immediately by someone informing him that the link and info was bogus, but he did not respond. I have brought it to his attention twice, asking if he was aware it was false information that he had linked. He has failed to respond either time.
So it's hard to know how folks who are amenable to this sort of false persuasion think. It seems like if it sounds good and appeals to their mind's made up impenetrable worldview then it's incorporated as "fact", no matter how implausible or ridiculous. Hence all the Obama as Muslim/communist/socialist/Nazi memes circulated during the past 8 years and solidly ingrained in the Republican/right-wing consciousness and belief systems. These people will believe literally anything as long as it comes in hot, angry, and designed to appeal to their prejudices and fears.