During the last election cycle, many Republican elected officials, starting with Donald Trump himself, conveyed what is now known as the “big lie”, the absolute lie. As you will undoubtedly remember, they ramped up legal action in several states to nullify the results, and the election of Joe Biden was a steal.
For months, we have been witnessing the accusation of politicians and lawyers of discrediting the American electoral process with the “successes” we know. Courts were quick to dismiss the allegations, often because they were ridiculous or, above all, because solid evidence could not be presented.
Among the angles of attacking supporters of the outgoing president, there have been several attacks on companies that produce and operate the machines used to record results. Not only were Republican activists crying out for their reputations to be ruined, but several party networks have made it clear.
We could think of Fox News first, but among the propagandists we also find networks with more modest ambitions and ratings, such as OAN or Newsmax. Information hooligans are now learning the hard way that there is a price to pay for preserving and passing on disinformation.
I suspect that among the readers of this blog, there will be many who indicate, for good reason, that networks like CNN or MSNBC are generally more favorable to progressives or that a reputable publication like The New York Times It is going through a small internal crisis because a large portion of its editorial team is committed to the movement get up.
All this is true, but editorial instructions are nothing compared to spreading false information. Undermining the credibility of the individual system for party and electoral purposes should be near the top of the list of factors detrimental to the practice of healthy democracy. We are no longer the opponent we turn into Satan, everything stands in the way of victory.
We sometimes wonder if there is a price to be paid for these important differences, because these practices are not appropriate for a country that claims to be a beacon of democracy. There seems to be one and the courts are still a bulwark against the onslaught of the barbarians who demand nothing better than undermining the constitution they claim to be proud of.
Newsmax, whose work I referenced above, has just realized that there is no evidence to support the fraud allegations that have nevertheless carried on the rare card for months. What was good for the ratings is likely to be less than that for the truly sulfurous reputation of the network.
You can guess that Newsmax did not automatically indulge in this bug and that this recognition did not stem from the will of the leaders. If the network expresses itself publicly, it is because it is being forced to do so. Dominion, whose credibility has been repeatedly challenged, has filed a lawsuit against Newsmax in court, charging her with defamation.
While one can rejoice at a Dominion victory in court, one must avoid viewing Newsmax’s confession as the nail in the coffin of disinformation. Instead, it will encourage to continue the fight by ensuring that those who misuse the strategy pay the price.
To mitigate our enthusiasm, I recall that 55% of Republicans are convinced that Joe Biden’s victory is wrongful, and more than 60% of them are still convinced that Donald Trump was a victim of theft.
You are a demanding media, especially the main media, and you are right. You are regularly criticized for news coverage by different newspapers or different news channels. It is your right and is often what motivates information craftsmen to redouble their efforts.
While I hope you keep watching the pills, I also hope that it condemns equally strongly the disinformation spread on social networks. The scourge is there.
Demanding the highest standards from experienced or experienced communication journalists is healthy, but turning a blind eye to undermining licensed web experts who don’t bother checking facts encourages backtracking, which is important in researching the most accurate information possible.