Unmasking Deception: The Capacity, Disposition, and Challenges Facing the Press

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Abstract:

Although scholars see various roles for political information in civic life, most agree that if citizens rely on misleading or false information when they make their political decisions, the results would be harmful to democracy. Assessing citizens’ capacity to recognize deceptive claims creates a stringent test of the extent to which the press informs the public. At its base, our question here is: Does the press provide the tools to enable citizens to discern truth from deception in presidential elections?

 

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