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Powerful Misinformation ("The Backfire Effect")

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Published on Oct 14, 2008

New research indicates that refuting misinformation can serve to strengthen some people's belief in the refuted misinformation. It's called "the backfire effect" and it seems to effect conservatives more than others.

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Variablast's video entitled "A minor point on the debate":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX3Eh6...

"Washington Post" article on the "Backfire Effect":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

McCain supporter Gayle Quinnell calling saying Barack Obama is "an Arab" and, therefore, not to be trusted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Xmer...

Information about "Obama bin Lyin'" signs being held up at McCain-Palin rallies:

http://donklephant.com/2008/10/13/sig...

McCain-Palin supporters in Ohio opine, among other things, that Barack Obama is a terrorist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjxzma...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJghQM...

McCain-Palin supporter in Minnesota questions whether Barack Obama is an American citizen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHEVfp...

Material regarding legitimate questions about whether John McCain satisfies the Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural born citizen" of the United States:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/us/...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/mccain...

http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200804/...

Virginia Republican Party operatives push false talking points about Barack Obama:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpun...

And check out this video documenting the politics of hate and disinformation being practiced by the McCain-Palin campaign and their surrogates with very troublesome results indeed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdIP...

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