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Fact do matter. Moreover, when people are presented with the facts they tend to respond accurately. Therefore, people may not be rejecting the facts but may be accepting them more often than not as demonstrated by the following from Politico:
Since President Donald Trump’s election, if not before, a conventional wisdom has emerged that Americans are living in a “post-truth” age. Whether they’re talking about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine or debates about climate change, many journalists, scholars and observers now commonly declare that voters are consuming fake news and rejecting facts, putting the American democratic experiment at serious risk, particularly as we approach another election.
But here’s a bit of good news for the new year: This account—at best—overstates the case. Evidence we’ve gathered over the previous four years—involving more than 10,000 participants and spanning from the 2016 election to well into the Trump presidency—illustrates that the most pessimistic accounts of the decline of facts are, well, not entirely factual. We found that when presented with factually accurate information, Americans—liberals, conservatives and everyone in between—generally respond by becoming more accurate.
Our results, which have been published in multiple journal articles, were particularly stark when we aggregated our 13 studies: 32 percent of people who were not presented with factually accurate information later expressed accurate beliefs, compared with nearly 60 percent of people who were presented with factually accurate information and went on to express accurate beliefs. In other words, facts almost doubled the share of accurate beliefs. Politico
Facts shape accurate beliefs and more accurate perceptions. Moreover, people may not be consuming, and believing, as much fake news as originally thought.
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