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One that has gotten a lot of attention is "Plandemic" that is made by an MD and has gotten a lot of attention.  One of my former co-workers on FB stated "something to consider and we should look at all sides" even though it's been widely debunked.   Also another coworker (one that was fired last week for being arrested for a DUI and possession of narcotics without a prescription that were traced to our hospital) posted on Facebook "I knew it!" and actually believes it. 

This is dangerous because those are the people that go off the deep end and ignore good medical science and don't vaccinate their children, stockpile guns and kill and assault people (especially people of color, and. of different religions), and spread disease through disbelief in social distancing.

It used to be a fringe, but with social media out there and a feeling of "you can't tell what is true or not and don't know what to believe" and people no longer trust the trust what is true and safe.

Plus our education has failed people and science is pushed to wayside and so many people don't have critical thinking skills.  So many people deliberate want to publish fake news for the heck of it.

 

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Just flip over to the YELLOW clinical side for an easy dose of health professionals who are desperate to believe conspiracy theory and who are certain this pandemic is a hoax.  Yep. There's even nursing students lecturing us on coronaviruses and microbiology.  😂

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Misinformation is taking a dangerous hold on Fox News viewers. According to a new poll, half of all Americans who name Fox News as their primary news source believe the debunked conspiracy theory claiming Bill Gates is looking to use a coronavirus vaccine to inject a microchip into people and track the world’s population.

The Yahoo News/YouGov poll, released on Friday, found that 44 percent of Republicans also buy into the unfounded claim, while just 19 percent of Democrats believe the lie about the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist.

According to Yahoo’s report on the poll, neither Fox News nor President Trump has promoted the false Gates conspiracy. But sowing seeds of distrust of mainstream media and the spread of misinformation is a hallmark of the network and the current president. Last month, Fox primetime host Laura Ingraham shared a tweet where she expressed agreement with a user who wrote about the debunked conspiracy theory.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/fox-news-viewers-bill-gates-coronavirus-vaccines-tracking-1004415/?fbclid=IwAR1g2769Du-yT1Tc6BBe0z6xr3Gj9asNrFVMesk2LumgyWSAS4LFPv-WgV0

That even 19% of Democrats believe the fake news is disturbing to me.  I really believe we are doomed.

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3 hours ago, Tweety said:

It is evidence of how poorly educated and gullible a huge percentage of the population is.  When confronted with slick propaganda on every social media platform, alarming numbers of Americans are unable to discern or evaluate accuracy or intent.  The republic is doomed when the general public is too ignorant to even recognize that it is in peril. 

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