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Disinformation often gets blamed for swaying elections, but the research isn’t so clear
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Articles by Richard Tofel

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“It remains a sad episode that Secretary Clinton’s emails received more attention for the server on which they resided than for what they said about how she had done in her job.”
More money should go to news organizations directly — even if that means making hard choices.
News organizations can help prepare voters as they head to the polls.
“Behind all of the best press lawyers stand great reporters.”
“If it is, I hope we use the space freed up in our heads to learn some lessons from the craziness we have been through.”
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“It is increasingly clear that the operation of the platforms, both from an antitrust perspective and even more importantly from the perspective of democratic governance, has received remarkably little scrutiny.”