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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Journey out of darkness: a US presidential inauguration like no other
As Joe Biden’s inauguration takes place behind a ring of steel in Washington DC, the world waits to see if he can restore America’s standing – and what Donald Trump will do next
Lucinda Creighton: Cowardice meets opportunism in the online silencing of Trump
Twitter kicking Donald Trump off its platform may have been viscerally satisfying, but the decision is objectively wrong
Comment: ‘Both sides’ haven’t eroded democratic values in the US
Protest at injustice is necessary in any democracy. But equating the actions of Black Lives Matter protesters in the US and those of the Capitol insurrectionists in order to present a balanced view is misguided
After four years, none of this should be a surprise
Trump’s refusal to condemn the neo-Nazis among his supporters, his calls to ‘liberate’ states during lockdowns and his silence on a foiled plan to kidnap Wisconsin state governor Gretchen Whitmer and put her on trial for treason all led to the events in Washington last week