At the Banter, we strive to provide our readers with well sourced, fact checked writing. If we make mistakes, we correct them. Poorly constructed arguments don’t make it out of our editorial process (some of them mine), and we take great pride in upholding high standards. Why?
British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more “junk” political news over Twitter and Facebook “than all other groups combined”.
Truth and the rules of evidence are under attack by a radical government that thinks little of lying and distorting evidence for its own, nefarious purposes. Donald Trump and his administration rose to power through lying, and they are maintaining it by continuing to propagate the same myths they sold their gullible supporters.
An entire media ecosystem exists to perpetuate the lies told by Trump and the GOP — outlets that don’t meet the most basic standards of journalism. Fox News, Breitbart, Newsmax, Townhall, and a host of other propaganda sites have made it their mission to distort the truth, ignore reality and feed their audiences with dangerous myths.
The people who run these organizations know exactly what they are doing and rely on the ignorance of vast swathes of society to keep up the facade.
I have argued that reconciliation with Trump supporters and the fringe right is a necessity at some point if the country is to survive in the long term. But in the short term, this is now completely impossible. Trump supporters cannot be reached, talked to, or negotiated with, so there is little point it trying.