“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved,” wrote Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
Sharyl Attkisson currently works for Sinclair Broadcasting as an investigative reporter after leaving CBS over CBS’s change in policies. She has a new book in which she discusses the American fake news which is dedicated to manipulating Americans.
Ms. Attkisson appeared on Fox News for an interview to discuss her new book. People should find one of her key points very disturbing. It won’t be a surprise for discerning consumers.
Smear merchants, she said, “will tell you, and this is pretty scary when you think about it, virtually every image you come across, whether it is in the news, on social media, or elsewhere, even on comedy shows, is being put there for a purpose by somebody who wants you to think something that might not necessarily be a consensus at all or may not even be true. There are well-funded actors that use fake accounts, social media or powers of persuasion, and a ton of money to try to manipulate what you think,” Ms. Attkisson said.
She said if you are reading that the majority supposedly agree on some issue, do your own research. And if you think it doesn’t sound right, “trust your own cognitive dissonance…”
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