I mentioned Heather Cox Richardson a few weeks ago, and I have been reading her daily thoughts since that time. Her post from December 26 discusses "disinformation" and "misinformation".
"It's really important to understand that “misinformation” and “disinformation” are different things. “Misinformation” is bad information caused by errors-- someone makes a mistake. “Disinformation,” though, is deliberately false information intended to manipulate public opinion. Another word for disinformation is propaganda."
She also reminds us that long before Bill Clinton said, "it depends on what the definition of "is" is, or Rudy Giuliani said, "the truth isn't truth", facts in our society were getting bent:
"In 1951, William F. Buckley, Jr., fresh out of college, wrote a book attacking that consensus by attacking fact-based argument. In God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of “Academic Freedom,” Buckley said that trying to reach the truth by constructing arguments out of facts—the premise of the Enlightenment-- was a worse superstition than the Dark Age traditions the Enlightenment tried to root out. When presented with fact-based arguments, voters kept choosing the liberal consensus. So far as Buckley was concerned, that consensus flew in the face of God’s laws. So, Buckley concluded, it was imperative to stop arguing based on facts, and simply promote a “Conservative” view of the world by whatever means necessary."
In 1955, Buckley started The National Review, with the intent of making conservative views more acceptable.
"The National Review, a magazine which some have called the "bible of American conservatism," has a far right bias. One of the National Review’s core convictions is that centralized government should solely exist to protect citizens’ lives, liberty and property. Describing itself as libertarian, it believes all other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The National Review was given an AllSides Bias Rating™ of far right, a rating with which a majority of community members agree."
In 2017, the Media Research Research Center considered giving Sean Hannity the William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, but his nomination drew a lot of opposition from conservatives, including Buckley's son Chris:
More from Heather ...
"We now have a president who has made more than 15,000 false or misleading claims in fewer than three years in office, and it has become increasingly clear recently that those lies echo Russian propaganda. Senior officials repeat his claims to the media, creating their own reality."
It's been reported that Sean Hannity's show often closely follows news from RT (Russia Today") , and there is a reason for that. In July of 2017, Hannity met with Russian officials about a possible show on RT.
To give you a clearer idea on how wacky the GOP has become, consider the 2012 Republican Party platform of Texas. This tidbit sums up their entire philosophy:
"Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."
In other words, they don't want people to THINK, as long as they just keeping pulling the "R" lever when they vote. THAT'S why Louie Gohmert keeps getting re-elected.