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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shankar Vedantam at the Washington Post explains why fact-checking is a useless exercise in a political campaign. Money quote:

As the presidential campaign heats up, intense efforts are underway to debunk rumors and misinformation. Nearly all these efforts rest on the assumption that good information is the antidote to misinformation.

But a series of new experiments show that misinformation can exercise a ghostly influence on people's minds after it has been debunked -- even among people who recognize it as misinformation. In some cases, correcting misinformation serves to increase the power of bad information.

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posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 7:55 AM

2 Comments:

Fair and balanced? Blog about this 'lie'...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080926/ap_on_el_pr/biden_health_care_fact_check
commented by Blogger Michael, 6:08 PM  
You never saw the phrase "fair and balanced" on this blog, my friend.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 6:30 AM  

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