According to NEW SCIENTIST, Donald Trump would probably not be president if those who voted for him were not so gullible. It was the fake news that caused gullible, misinformed voters to misplace their vote.
Paul Horner, a fake news reporter is taking credit for Trump’s victory. He may really believe the nonsense that Trump won because of a fake ad he put on Craig’s List. Here is a quote from Horner:
His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”
Many sites have carried this story. Perhaps Horner is a purveyor of “fake news”, but is he accurate to claim this elected Trump?
There are others who seem to believe that Trump’s Apocalyptic rhetoric frightened people into voting for him.
Then there are those who think the Russians are responsible.
WHAT REASONS DO VOTERS GIVE FOR CHOOSING TRUMP?
According to IN THEIR OWN WORDS voters chose Trump as follows:
- Number one reason – He is not Clinton – 33%
- Number two reason – He is a Political Outsider – 27%
- Number three reason – Policy positions – 26% (Policies stated were economic, immigration, defense in this order)
- Number four reason – Trump’s personality – 19%
- Number five reason – For America and American values – 10%
- Number six reason – He is a Republican – 4%
A large number, probably many in the 33% who said he is not Clinton saw Trump as a better moral choice
What most Democrats, liberals, and progressives seem to be missing is that Trump was elected for two reasons. One was simply because of the candidate against whom he ran. Folks did not want Hillary Clinton and her obvious poor judgement as shown by the illegal email server or her desire to see full term babies killed as they are being born. The second reason was because, while many people like Obama as a person, they do not like his policies. The ‘Affordable Care Act’ is not affordable and people see “radical Muslim jihadists” as a true threat to our safety. When the president will not recognize this with words, it causes unease to families.
SO HOW MUCH EFFECT Did FAKE NEWS HAVE ON THE ELECTION?
To really answer this question, there are many things to consider.
The first thing one has to note is that a sharing of a post doesn’t necessarily equate with agreement and cannot be counted as a vote for a candidate. There are post that are shared because they are ridiculous, stupid, silly or outrageous. We need to keep in mind that fake news is not an exclusive property of one political party. Consider some of the reporting found at Democrat sites:
It is worth mentioning that there is much more reporting of the fact that fake news exists than there is reporting on just what fake news is supposed to have changed the outcome of the election. No where are there reports of people who voted because of Paul Horner’s Craig’s List Ad.
It appears to me that if fake news had any effect on voters, it would be less that 1%.
Here is a video by Katy Khaos suggesting that blaming “Fake News” may be the beginning of censorship and if so, by whom.