In a new study published Thursday in the journal Science, political scientists surveyed the inhabitants of this Internet pocket around the time of the last presidential election, from Aug. 1 to Dec. 6, 2016. They found that people who shared fake news were more likely to be older and more conservative. “Super-sharers” were responsible for the bulk of fake news, soaking their Twitter feeds in falsehoods with the gusto of kids with water pistols. They were enthusiastic communicators, tweeting an average of 70 times a day, and had a very limited reach.
The right-wing blogs are abuzz with stories about “Pelosi refuses to meet with Angel Moms”. As is so often the case, particularly with right-wing groups, there’s much more to the story. A right-wing activist, Maria Espinoza, who reportedly participated in the “Eagle Forum” and various Tea Party meetings, began to track down people whose relatives had been killed by an undocumented immigrant. She is reportedly a founder of “The Remembrance Project” (a right-wing anti-immigrant group).