News That Will Drive You To Drink

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Axios does a deep dive:

Donald Trump’s “big lie” playbook — the collection of falsehoods alleging that the 2020 election was stolen through voting fraud — mirrors the tactics used by sophisticated spreaders of disinformation.

The big picture: Research from the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center shows there’s a typical cycle that people use to manipulate the media and spread disinformation. Trump’s dissemination of false claims of a stolen election demonstrates how the cycle works.

How it works: Disinformation spreaders typically start by planning their narratives early and seeding their lies online, where they can spread quickly, reaching people faster than critics can counter the disinformation.

  • That’s what happened when Trump planted the seeds of his voting fraud claims early — well before the general election — and spread them through interviews and social media.
  • Information gatekeepers like journalists, TV networks and tech platforms then try to mitigate the problem, as they did by banning Trump’s accounts after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
  • The former president adapted by creating other channels to get out his message, such as a new blog, which ultimately shut down, and most recently a plan to launch a social media network called “Truth Social,” which has filed to go public via a SPAC.

“The main and most effective way the cycle gets broken is in that they never jump from Stage 2 to Stage 3″ and “something just sputters out in Stage 2,” says Emily Dreyfuss, senior editor at the Shorenstein Center.

  • “When that happens, which is all the time, the campaign never gets much attention and so most people never know it existed in the first place.”

And as the graphic shows, it didn’t sputter this time because Our Failed Political Press decided that having the mango-hued shitgibbon flinging poop was more important than, you know, reporting what actually happened.

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2 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. MDavis says:

    Lying is what he does. It’s not a stretch to think he might have enough experience to know what works, and therefore be competent and sophisticated at this one thing.

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  2. The beauty of the Internet lie echo chamber! Trumpublicans and MAGAts can get their brain’s wiring failure reinforced over and over again. After a few misinformation brain-rinses, they are immune to reason, perhaps for life. I have personally observed a couple of those folks having an epiphany and becoming normal again. The change can come with a misfortune visiting itself on their life, i.e., jail or illness..

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