Cathal Mac Coille: How Trump and social media fuelled a mass-delusion event

The attack on the Capitol Building in Washington DC didn’t happen in a vacuum but, instead, was the product of years of poisonous disinformation being spread online

Donie O’Sullivan, the Cahersiveen-born CNN journalist, pointed to the harm caused to democracy by social and partisan media

As police began to push pro-Donald Trump rioters away from the US Capitol Building on Wednesday night, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN reflected on the part played by social media in the day’s events.

The Cahersiveen-born reporter’s on-the-ground conversations with those present were a revealing part of the station’s coverage. They had shown, he said, how the political impact of social and partisan media was now much more harmful than it was when Trump used it ...