Journalists have an obligation to call out politicians’ lies and need to try new tactics to take down misinformation

“Simply calling out lies is not enough,” Dan Gillmor writes on the obligation of debate hosts and journalists alike to call out politicians’ lies. “Once the lie is spoken out loud, even a quick rebuttal — assuming it’s issued on the spot — doesn’t undo all the damage. This is partly because repeating a lie, which is generally part of the debunking process, can reinforce it. Moreover, a phenomenon called confirmation bias leads people who want to believe something to believe it even more after they’ve been shown they’re wrong. So maybe it’s time for journalists who care to try some new, stronger tactics to fight back against the war on truth that Trump and so many others have been waging this year.”