There is Some Research that Maybe Conservatives are Easier to Fool with Fake News
Interesting article in the Washington Post by
It points out that fake-news websites tend to target conservatives and there is some relatively new research — new enough that we should be somewhat skeptical of it — that conservatives may process information differently thant liberals.
Here’s some quotes from the article:
Numerous reports have highlighted how fake news creators began targeting conservative readers after finding them receptive to stories that reinforced their existing worldview. As one fake news creator told NPR, “We’ve tried to do [fake news with] liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You’ll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out.”
Still, while the apparent one-sidedness of the fake news ecosystem is striking, some researchers of partisan psychology say it’s not particularly surprising. A robust body of academic research has sprung up in the past decade or so, documenting the different ways conservatives and liberals process the world.
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