THE OVERARCHING CONCLUSION (never accuse me of burying the lead): Demoncraps and libtards are 2.4 times more likely to believe falsehoods than Republicans and conservatives.
Wait… I do have evidence…
THE COLD HARD FACTS FROM PEW RESEARCH: According to Pew Research’s, “National Politics on Twitter,” of all tweets by U.S. adults, 87% were about non-political topics, with 13% about national politics.
As it turns out, liberals outnumber conservatives on Twitter by more than 2 to 1. “67% of political tweeters (the 13%) identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party; 28% identify as Republicans or lean toward the GOP.” Thus, the ratio of liberals to conservatives on Twitter is 67% / 28%, or 2.4 to 1.
THE GRIM CONCLUSION from The Atlantic’s “Largest-Ever Study of Fake News:” “Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.”
More key takeaways from The Atlantic:
“The massive study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor.”
That’s a rather extensive study.
“Twitter users seem almost to prefer sharing falsehoods. Even when the researchers controlled for every difference between the accounts originating rumors—like whether that person had more followers or was verified—falsehoods were still 70 percent more likely to get retweeted than accurate news.”
REMEMBER, liberals outnumber conservatives 2.4 to 1 on Twitter.
The research finds it’s not the bots: “Fake news prospers, the authors write, ‘because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.’ “
The study has garnered the appreciation of political scientists and social-media researchers across the board:
“This is a really interesting and impressive study, and the results around how demonstrably untrue assertions spread faster and wider than demonstrable true ones do, within the sample, seem very robust, consistent, and well supported,” said Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, a professor of political communication at the University of Oxford, in an email.
“I think it’s very careful, important work,” Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College, told me. “It’s excellent research of the sort that we need more of.”
“In short, I don’t think there’s any reason to doubt the study’s results,” said Rebekah Tromble, a professor of political science at Leiden University in the Netherlands, in an email.
The Atlantic author concludes, “social-media platforms do not encourage the kind of behavior that anchors a democratic government.”
I conclude ours was never a “democratic government.” Rather, as Benjamin Franklin clearly responded to a lady who asked him in the summer of 1776 what kind of government we would have, “A Republican one, Ma’am — if you can keep it.”
Most importantly, the Constitution itself lays the matter to rest:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government. – Article IV Section 4.
This is repeated in the State Constitutions of ALL 50 of these United States of America.