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The president is channelling a chillingly effective approach to information warfare.
US right-wing media outlets are usually united in their coverage of Trump, but the president’s state visit has proved a challenge.
And that could have worrying implications for the free press.
The press does not just reflect the attitudes of its readers, it creates and shapes them.
Helped by a former White House aide, trolls associated with the QAnon conspiracy spread rumours that the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice had died.
Pete Hegseth said he doesn’t believe in germs because “I can’t see them, therefore they are not real.”
For as long as the Democratic Party fails to understand authentic social media use, it will fail to mobilise young voters the way organic social media users do.
Don’t do this, kids.
Recent revelations suggest close communication between the Trump team and Julian Assange, but there is plenty of other evidence of links between both them and Russia.
The wider context of Wohl’s scam attempt is that the far right are trying to appropriate the Me Too movement as a political weapon. That should chill us all.