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Why are people susceptible to fake news?

We have educated family that is unable to distinquish between documented facts and Hitler type big lie propogranda. Fake media does not document. They like to start fights. It is easy to document the facts and leave them speechless.
I had to document my history papers with footnotes and I had supply dates on history test. In college some professors made me document scientific facts in essay form. I had to prove my math, I had to site what happen in books on literature test and papers. I had to document in philosophy papers. My teachers and professors always required proof of work. In every subject I never accepted or memorize material without requiring proof.
I require documentation and never believe fake news. My my mind was trained to require proof.
I really do not need a psychologist to explain why some people fear facing reality. Facing how corrupt both parties are was terrifying for me. I want 99% of all politicians out of the U.S. government. I want the U.S. constitution enforced and leaders who put America first in charge. I want all corrupt politicans funded, own by unethical international corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Nazi Soros, other elitist, camber of commerce and lobbyist out.
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180810120037.htm

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Kravenhead
There are many reasons, and I agree with what this author proposed. Especially regarding anxiety.
Anxiety will cause the sufferer to view the world in a way that eases that anxiety.
I agree with his claim about the internet too.
If one looks, one can find "documentation" to support just about anything.
Since that's the case, people have to be able to assess the integrity of said documentation.
It's a very complex issue, but mostly boils down to what makes people feel secure.
That's also what draws people to cults.
I've always been one to question and analyze everything, that's why my employers routinely had me assess management, products, and processes. I think I take after my dad. He was a mechanical engineer, and very logical.

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Kravenhead
71 day(s) ago
Reporters have always used unnamed sources, but there's a lot more of that going on these days as each tries to outdo the other with sensationalistic headlines.

philosopher
72 day(s) ago
I no Bush’s daddy got him out of serving and no one dared confirm it.
CNN, MSN, ABC, NBC, CBS and main media no longer verifying or document anything.

Kravenhead
72 day(s) ago
I remember the Rather story. He reported without verifying. A news no no.

philosopher
72 day(s) ago
Main stream media use to document news. Rather was firered for failing to document Bush did not serve. Despite we know it is true.

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