A new study released last week has shown that concerns about “fake news” impacting the result of the 2016 presidential election have been vastly overstated.
“Although commentators frequently warn about echo chambers, little is known about the volume or slant of political misinformation that people consume online, the effects of social media and fact checking on exposure, or the effects of political misinformation on behavior,” the study authors noted in the abstract.
Researchers at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, and the University of Exeter used an online survey of over 2,525 Americans as well as data on web traffic collected by YouGov Pulse from desktop computers and laptops in order to come to their conclusions.
“According to the findings, less than half of all Americans visited an untrustworthy website. Moreover, untrustworthy websites accounted for only six percent of all Americans’ news diets on average,” the press release about the study stated.
They found that fake news usually fell around partisan lines, making it likely that people who accessed the questionable content already knew who they were voting for. It was not probable that the fake news influenced these partisan individuals to change their entrenched voting patterns.
The study, which may be somewhat biased in favor of liberals considering it does come from mainstream academia, does claim that conservatives access more fake news than liberals.
The press release stated: “Visits to dubious news sites differed sharply along ideological and partisan lines. Content from untrustworthy conservative sites accounted for nearly 5 percent of people’s news diets compared to less than 1 percent for untrustworthy liberal sites. Respondents who identified themselves as Trump supporters were also more likely to visit an untrustworthy site (57 percent) than those who indicated that they were Clinton supporters (28 percent).”
Facebook was determined to be the biggest hub for fake news by the study. Individuals who accessed the fake news were more likely to get their information from Facebook than Twitter, Google, Gmail and other tech platforms. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has arguably instituted the most Draconian measures of censorship on his platform since 2016, but globalists like George Soros are saying that is not even enough.
They also found that fact checking, which has been used by Facebook in an attempt to control content on their platform, is incredibly ineffective. They found that almost none of participants ever accessed a fact checking site about a questionable article they had read.
“These findings show why we need to measure exposure to ‘fake news’ rather than just assuming it is ubiquitous online,” said Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth. “Online misinformation is a serious problem, but one that we can only address appropriately if we know the magnitude of the problem.”
The study has been published in the Nature Human Behaviour academic journal.
#CNNTapes: Network Operative Accuses Tucker Carlson, Fox News of “Naked Racism” in Leaked Calls
Jealous of Tucker’s ratings?
A CNN operative accuses Fox News host Tucker Carlson of “naked racism” in leaked network conference calls obtained by Project Veritas. Veritas released the first of its #CNNTapes on Tuesday day, hours after James O’Keefe confronted the network’s fake news kingpin Jeff Zucker on the channel’s daily conference call.
“I think it’s unavoidable that you have to talk about the naked racism of Tucker Carlson… Sort of the “White Supremacy Hour” they have on Fox News every night…”
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 2, 2020
O’Keefe identified Carlson’s accuser as CNN Vice President Marcus Mabry. However, the network’s communications arm chimed in after the footage was released, claiming the voice maligning Carlson was in fact CNN General Counsel David Vigilante.
James & Tucker, the voice you ID’d tonight as “Marcus Mabry” is actually GA resident & CNN General Counsel David Vigilante. We’re certain you’ll want to correct the record and apologize to the Black executive for assuming he was the voice raising concerns over white supremacy.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 2, 2020
Tucker Carlson hosts the most highly rated program on cable news, routinely surpassing CNN’s fledgling evening content. An average of more than 5 million people watched Tucker Carlson Tonight nightly in the month of October.
In comparison, CNN’s Anderson Cooper attracted the interest of a paltry 2.1 million viewers in October, half the audience of Carlson.
In more #CNNTapes released by Project Veritas on Tuesday night, Zucker compared Donald Trump’s choice not to concede as litigation regarding voter fraud is adjudicated to 9/11.
CNN's Zucker equates @realDonaldTrump not conceding and letting the transition go through to what happened when America was attacked on 9/11/2001
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 2, 2020
Elite liberals said the same thing about the hoax of “Russian interference” in the 2016 election, claiming that any event which displeased them was analogous to the worst terrorist attack in the history of the United States.
CNN had flailed with bogus threats of legal consequences when the release of the #CNNTapes became imminent, falsely claiming that releasing the content represented a criminal offense.
Legal experts say this may be a felony. We‘ve referred it to law enforcement.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 1, 2020
Media business experts have indicated that CNN parent company Time Warner is seeking to sell the fake news network, worried that the hysterical channel will lose its appeal in the event that President Trump isn’t in office.
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