On Monday, the New York Times published an analysis piece titled, “‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News.” in which the paper claims that the American people are tuning out political news because of their inability to detect what’s true and what’s false.
The piece. “In this volatile political moment, information, it would seem, has never been more crucial,” it read. “The country is in the midst of impeachment proceedings against a president for the third time in modern history. A high-stakes election is less than a year away.”
“But just when information is needed most, to many Americans it feels most elusive. The rise of social media; the proliferation of information online, including news designed to deceive; and a flood of partisan news are leading to a general exhaustion with news itself.”
Devastating headline for Democrats:
‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News
From collusion to obstruction of justice to abuse of power to quid pro quo to bribery/extortion, Democrats have cried ‘wolf’ too many times. https://t.co/aD7SSdbMdD
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 18, 2019
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“They spread this sense that people live in a world of endless conspiracy, and the truth is unknowable, and all that’s left in this confusing world is me,” Peter Pomerantsev, the author of “This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality,” said to the paper.
However, the Times cites some conservative perspective on the matter. For instance, the paper spoke with computer programmer Russell Memory, a conservative who admits to being driven crazy by some of Trump’s rhetoric and behavior, but who does appear to see eye-to-eye with him regarding the media.
“[H]e sees bias among liberal news outlets and that drives him crazy too,” the Times reported. “He was annoyed, for example, that stories of Mr. Trump being booed at the Washington Nationals baseball game were given top billing, but when Mr. Trump was cheered in Alabama a few days later, he could find almost nothing about it.”
“I don’t think things are fake, they’re just one-sided,” he said. “Both things happened. He got booed and he got cheered. But one of them will be a much bigger story. That’s what bothers me.”
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