But journalistically, the story raised more questions than it answered with its speculations about a possible contact between foreign influences and Joe Biden himself.
The story was so questionable, the rival New York Times reported, that the article’s writers asked to have their names removed from the byline.
But in today’s world of dueling political realities, helped along by new media and “alternative facts,” stories take on a life of their own in alternative communities.
Judging by the polls, there’s little evidence that the Biden fuss had a measurable impact on public opinion amid the pandemic, the national racial reckoning and other timely issues.
And the social networks have been making various attempts at reform, including tagging some of Trump’s tweets with fact-checking tags — a move that infuriates him.
The president would rather limit us to his alternative facts. So would every politician, I’m sure. But that’s why we Americans revere press freedom, even as each political side complains about the content provided by the other.
Of course, Cruz and other partisans complain that Republicans and conservatives can’t get an even break. But so do liberals and Democrats.
Angelo Carusone, president and CEO of the liberal Media Matters for America, argues that conservative content has been not only plentiful but more often engaged by users, according to his organization’s studies.
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