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Christopher Douglas, Religion Dispatches, February 23, 2017: The Religious Origins of Fake News and “Alternative Facts”
Christopher Douglas explores the origin of Fake News and Alternative Facts back to the Christian Fundamentalists. As he notes, Donald Trump garnered 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election, higher than Mitt Romney, John McCain, and even the born-again George W. Bush. And it is really perplexing if you consider religiosity alone. Donald Trump doesn't seem any more religious than me...or Dutch. However, there is a correlation between Fundamentalist's beliefs in the scriptures and their propensity to create or believe Fake News...they're minds have been conditioned to believe Fake News.
"Christian fundamentalist Bible colleges and universities, publishers and bookstores, newspapers and magazines, radio and then television shows, museums and campus ministries, together formed a set of institutions that resisted elite, secular expert knowledge. Recognizing the power of expertise’s infrastructure, Christian fundamentalists created this counter-infrastructure to cultivate and curate its alternative forms of knowledge. This alternative knowledge—the forerunner of today’s alternative facts— took the form of creationism and an alternative Bible scholarship demonstrating the Bible’s inerrancy and traditional authorship."
"It is conservative voters who are measurably more credulous to fake news sites. The origin story of that credulity in fundamentalism holds a similar imbalance."
You can read more of Douglas's article at the above link. We need to remember that when we argue fake news stories with these fundamentalists, we may as well be arguing religion. They believe what they want to believe. You cannot change their minds. All you can do is hope that your kind outnumbers them at the polls on election day, because the one thing they definitely have more than liberals is passion. They vote in huge numbers.