Constant fake news rewires minds

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Brian T. Watson / Guest contributor

My last two columns discussed political polarization in the country, and the growing – not diminishing – influence of the Republican right-wing media ecosystem in convincing citizens to embrace inaccurate or just dead-wrong beliefs. 

Whether it is an unwillingness to categorically reject President Donald Trump and Trumpism, reject the conspiracy theories that say the 2020 presidential election was stolen, reject the denialism that says global warming is either a hoax or just nature playing out, reject the falsehood that Democrats are trying for full-on socialism, reject the rhetoric that Democrats are coming for your “liberty,” or reject any of many other distortions promoted regularly and persistently by right-wing media, millions of Republican citizens are sticking with the misinformation they believe. 

For a moment late that evening…

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