November 5th, 2017

Every time I think that maybe I should reconsider my canceling my Twitter and Facebook accounts—which I did back in 2013—I’m reminded by journalists I trust just how bad the two platforms are for the intellectual health of anyone.

Writing in Four Viral Claims Spread by Journalists on Twitter in the Last Week Alone That are False for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald details exactly how these four lies gathered traction on Twitter and, as the quote regularly attributed to Sir Winston Churchill suggests, quickly gained a commanding lead.

The four lies examined by Greenwald are:

Viral Falsehood #1: The Clinton/DNC agreement cited by Brazile only applied to the General Election, not the primary.

Viral Falsehood #2: Sanders signed the same agreement with the DNC that Clinton did.

Viral Falsehood #3: Brazile stupidly thought she could unilaterally remove Clinton as the nominee.

Viral Falsehood #4: Evidence has emerged proving that the content of WikiLeaks documents and emails was doctored.

The corrections/retractions/explanations are all out there, but the damage is done.

Platforms are not benign. They must be made to beheld accountable.

This brave new world is looking really cowardly, and Donna Brazile isn’t having it.

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