An interesting item popped up in America’s newspaper of record on Tuesday and it featured this headline:
Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown
That’s right, after more than a year of breathless “reporting” about foreign influence on the 2016 election that portrayed the electorate as being more malleable than cruise ship hypnotist’s audience, The New York Times now wants us to know that it’s no big deal.
How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election?
The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all.
This conclusion may sound jarring at a time when people are concerned about the effects of the false news articles that flooded Facebook and other online outlets during the 2016 election. Observers speculated that these so-called fake news articles swung the election to Donald J. Trump. Similar suggestions of large persuasion effects, supposedly