Author Archives: Spencer Critchley

A Prison Of Lies: How Misinformation Became a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry and Broke Democracy

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Imagine if counterfeiting suddenly became legal. Say we asked people not to do it — but there would be no penalty if they did. What would happen? Simple: There would be an explosion of fake money. … Continue reading

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Here’s the Scam That Makes Conservatives Believe the Mainstream Media Is Lying

[Also published at Huffington Post.]  Recently a Facebook friend shared this outrage-inducing headline: BREAKING: Massive Illegal Immigrant Welfare Fraud Discovered. My first reaction was, “Obviously fake news.” The source was something called WorldNewsPolitics.com, a website with no masthead, no physical … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Telling Real News from Fake

[Also published at Huffington Post.] I’ve been hearing a lot lately from people who feel overwhelmed by all the drastically different news narratives fighting for their attention — especially, of course, the ones about Donald Trump. Real news? Fake news? How … Continue reading

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Americans Fear Refugees Because We’re Bad At Math

Add this to the list of disturbing reasons for America’s panic over refugees: fewer and fewer of us can do the basic math of calculating the true risk. But really, it’s not that hard — and understanding it is crucial to … Continue reading

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Is Bannon Just “Defending American Culture?” Without Immigration, It Wouldn’t Exist

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Some readers have challenged my assertion that Steve Bannon is an ethnic nationalist, on the premise that Bannon is just defending the Judeo-Christian culture that has helped make America what it is. I maintain that his … Continue reading

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President Bannon Wants to Make America an Ethnic Homeland

[Also published at Huffington Post.] As reporters dig into Steve Bannon’s past and present, it’s becoming clear that he’s perfectly aware we face virtually no threat from the carefully vetted refugees his Executive Order turns away, over the signature of his … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Sharia Law? And Other Questions for Right Wing Media Fans

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Whatever happened to declaring Sharia law? Obama’s almost done, and it’s really beginning to look like he may not get around to it. And how is he going to fit in taking our guns away? … Continue reading

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Putin Wins Simply by Showing That a Clown Can Be Elected President of the United States

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Is our next president a Russian agent? Because of Donald Trump’s relentless shilling for Vladimir Putin, that once unthinkable question is being asked seriously by major news outlets. To at least some degree, the answer, … Continue reading

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The 2 Reasons This Is the 1 Time We Needed the Electoral College

(Also published at Huffington Post.) I could hardly have been more shocked and disappointed that Donald Trump won the election. But I strongly opposed the idea of the Electoral College overturning the results. Certainly Trump seemed to fail the fundamental … Continue reading

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Should Real News Be a Utility, Like Water and Electricity?

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Like people in towns across America, I’m watching my local newspapers die. Every few months, it seems, they lay off more staff, while announcing a new digital initiative that’s somehow supposed to make up for … Continue reading

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