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
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...
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