Mainstream media contributes significantly to the infectious spread of conspiracy fantasies. But it could hold the cure.
Social media’s malgorithms spread lies and hate. The platforms are unwilling and probably unable to change.
Americans will believe almost anything. Two decades of polling prove that. No matter how insane the claim, at least 10% and up to 40% of people will say it’s true.
When debunkers link to fake-news stories, they do more harm than good. There’s a right way and wrong way to cite unreliable sources. Most publishers use the latter.
Tracking cross-country plink-slime sites that masquerade as local news, with an interactive USA map and a Slime by State table.