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Discussion about fake news and the spread of disinformation is often very technology-centric, with the human element receiving short shrift. As Molly McKew argues in Wired, however, the powerful impact of right-wing conspiracy theories on American politics in recent years is not due to bots and trolls alone. Her compelling essay explains how seemingly outlandish conspiracy theories manage to gain traction among millions of Americans, and how a group of well-organized fringe activists has succeeded in captivating the political discourse. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “Gamergate” controversy has in common with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation and
  • How right-wing fringe activists have managed to exert a powerful influence on US politics. 
 

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Molly McKew is a foreign policy and strategy consultant, and an expert on information warfare.

 

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When US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with her claim of attempted rape, the disinformation apparatus that came to Kavanaugh’s defense was already in place. Far-right bloggers painted Ford as a left-wing activist and spun conspiracy theories that the CIA or George Soros had orchestrated the allegation. Other Kavanaugh defenders alleged that Ford was out for revenge or personal profit. The right-wing campaign successfully paved the way for Kavanaugh’s testimony, in which he accused the left of trying to destroy his reputation. Kavanaugh and his defenders all expounded on a set of now-familiar themes among American conservatives: anti-feminism, the purported oppression of white men, leftist conspiracies and “fake news.”


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