Trump would have done ‘terrible damage’ in second term: Political experts in Canada sound off on the future of U.S. politics under Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
“Once disinformation or misinformation goes out, the opportunity to correct it is extremely difficult,” Boler told Yahoo Canada. “Even if people do see that correction, a very small percentage tend to change their opinion and some studies have shown that it even just reinforces the original misinformation.”
“We’ve known from the beginning that the Republicans have had a systematic strategy around voter disinformation that is probably the primary disinformation of this election, whereas in 2016 it was Russian interference.”
Another interesting component of this election has been the discourse around “fake news,” which wasn’t as much of a significant factor in the 2016 election.
“It’s very hard to know where to turn and what to trust,” Boler said. “This has been part of the systematic propaganda work of Trump to create this whole discourse on fake news.”
“That really didn’t exist prior to 2016,…not this really quick, knee-jerk presumption that all of the trusted news sources that arguably are part of what constitutes United States democracy, are now distrusted by huge swathes of the population.”