Serious policy discussion has been cast aside as outmoded, replaced by a new media dynamic in which slogans, catchphrases, and half-truths rule the day, all fueled by the bubble effect and the cycle of misinformation amplification it makes possible.
The latest example of this is seen in a conspiracy theory being peddled by Breitbart Reporter Patrick Howley. After shoddy and incomplete research, Howley has unearthed the fact that Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign shares a mailing address with Liz Mair’s anti-Trump Make America Awesome PAC. As Breitbart reported:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consultant Liz Mair’s controversial anti-Donald Trump super PAC shares a mailing address with Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign, which just re-launched as a nonprofit.
Fiorina is a Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supporter.
Mair’s PAC Make America Awesome is under fire after it ran a sexist advertisement in Utah featuring Trump’s wife Melania, a model, posing nude. The ad encouraged people to vote for Ted Cruz. Mair is open about the fact that she is helping to boost Cruz, though Cruz has denied involvement with the ad.
By spinning up the gears of the Internet outrage machine through shoddy and incomplete reporting, Howley is attempting to mislead the public into believing a conspiracy exists where the facts prove otherwise.
Although Howley tried to dig up a scandal, what he actually found was a P. O. Box rented by Election CFO, a prominent Northern Virginia campaign accounting firm, whose services have been retained by literally hundreds of federal campaigns and committees, as well as hundreds more active within Virginia state politics.
In the world of accountancy and campaign compliance, just a handful are knowledgeable in campaign finance and qualified to keep the books of a political committee.
Those with knowledge of all parties involved, or merely access to Google, can easily connect these dots, for Carly Fiorina, her chief strategist, Amy Noone Frederick, and Liz Mair all happen to live in Northern Virginia – very close to the accounting firm which keeps their books.
Although they shouldn’t get away with it, a sufficiently emotionally-driven and low-information electorate ensures they will. Where are their editors?
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