OXFORD STUDY: Trump Supporters Spread Fake News On Social Media More Than All Other Groups Combined

McClatchy reports:

Backers of President Donald Trump are sharing more “junk” political news – ideologically extreme, conspiratorial, sensationalist and phony information – over Twitter and Facebook than all other groups combined, significantly magnifying the polarization in the American electorate, according to an analysis by British researchers.

Rather than obtaining news over social media from mainstream outlets, these Americans shared posts from 92 Twitter accounts of fringe groups such as “100PercentFEDUp,” “Beforeitsnews,” “TheAngryAmericans” and “WeArethenewmedia” during the three months before Trump’s first State of the Union address, the Oxford University researchers reported.

The study, which culled data from hundreds of thousands of social media accounts, found similar patterns among Facebook users.

Although the “junk” news sites considered in the analysis included those on both the left and right, lead researcher Philip Howard said the findings suggest “that most of the junk news that people share over social media ends up with Trump’s fans, the far right. They’re playing with different facts, and they think they have the inside scoop on conspiracies.”

Three homocon sites appear on the study’s list of “junk news” outlets: Drudge Report, Gateway Pundit, and Your News Wire. Other sites familiar to JMG readers include World Net Daily, Daily Caller, and the Washington Free Beacon.

  • JWC

    Of course who benefits from it the most??

    • kaydenpat

      Republicans.

      • JWC

        sort of a no brainer

      • Mr. Ric

        I swear I now believe that the Republicans want the Russians to hack the next election because they think it’ll help them. And yes, I just yanked that opinion out of my ass, but I do believe it’s true. Otherwise I find no explanation for their behavior.

  • Nic Peterson

    It takes a lot of work to create and maintain your own reality bubble.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED…well, not that shocked.

    In fact, this is about the least shocking revelation ever. You’d HAVE to be living in an alternative reality to still believe that Trump is some semblance of a strong, capable leader.

    • another_steve

      That this criminal Reality TV impostor is in the White House is surreal to the max.

      I mean, every once and a while I step back from the headlines of the day and say to myself, “Ohmigod, how in heaven’s name is this thing presumably President of the United States?”

      I mean… how?

      • Vista-Cruiser

        Americans who lean Democratic don’t bother to vote in elections. That’s how.

      • Moebym of the Returners

        We’ll be wondering about that for decades to come.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      I think his followers see that he’s white, has the emotional maturity of a ten-year old, uses a lot of simple words that they understand, and yells at the right people. That’s all it takes for them to see him as a “strong, capable leader” because he’s just like them.

  • bkmn

    They are desperately trying to maintain their bubble, but they know it will eventually burst. We need to remember that many of them are armed.

    • kaydenpat

      Some of us are armed too. Not me but I’m sure there are lefties who own guns.

      • The_Wretched

        We get to the active shooting level and I’ll get armed.

        • Craig Howell

          Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          When the shooting starts it will be too late.

          • Todd20036

            American Nazis are too fat, lazy, out of shape or old to do much more than look tough.

            Every single rally has them either looking like meth heads or teens with no self esteem who’ll crawl into fetal positions when they realize they may be killed at age 20

          • Judas Peckerwood

            You don’t have to be tough to kill someone — or many someones — with a gun. In fact most of the mass murderers I know of would probably have gotten their asses kicked in an unarmed fight.

          • GayOldLady

            Most of them are old. I had a bit of a tiff with one over at Raw Story and he was threatening the FBI and the DOJ. I reminded him that it’s illegal to threaten law enforcement agencies. I screen shot his comment and thought about forwarding it to law enforcement. He didn’t back down and even revved up the rhetoric a bit. Then I reminded him that they are in the minority and that most of them are too old to do anything but preen. He proudly told me that he was 47 as if that’s young. While it’s certainly not old, it isn’t a demographic that would stand a chance in armed conflict. The Army won’t even take recruits after the age of 35, the Navy 34 and the Marines 28 and they won’t recall a former service member after the age of 42. There are well informed reasons why they age limit recruits. Then he jumped to the conclusion that most on the right aren’t armed, as if that would be our achilles heel. Anyone who launches a civil war believing that the people they define as their enemy are unarmed are either stupid or suicidal or both. The South tried that once and got their asses driven into the dirt in the cotton fields.

        • GayOldLady

          No need to wait. Better now than later and that’s especially important for the LGBT community. We are one of the target groups on the list of people they want out of “their” country.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          That’s when the right will start restricting guns. I plan on going all Musashi on them. Who needs a gun?

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Yup, I know more and more lefties who are taking the plunge since Trump’s election.

      • GayOldLady

        My wife and i are armed and have been for most of our adult lives. And I don’t fear the right wingers that are threatening to take up arms because the majority of them are old farts or are couch potatoes who couldn’t run across the street to save a cat from a tree, much less launch a revolution. We have the numbers and the majority of youth on our side and that’s all that matters.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          I’ll never mess with a lesbian with a gun. Even I’m not that crazy.

    • Dave F.

      According to recent stats, most of the guns are owned by less than 10 percent. They’re not as armed as we’ve been lead to believe. They’re also easy to fool, especially if they think they’re smart. They’d fall prey to simple traps. This is not America’ Best and Brightest that we’re talking about.

  • Gustav2

    They are the same people I used to send “Stop forwarding me bullshit” AOL emails.

  • Matt

    Duh.

  • dbishop75

    we needed Oxford to tell us this?

    I saw it back during the election. I made the choice then to leave social media. I felt that as long as I used FB and other platforms, I was part of the problem and not the solution.

    • RoFaWh

      What I wonder about: how did I ever manage to have the gumption to ignore social media?

      • dbishop75

        It was much easier than I imagined it would have been. I honestly do not miss it at all. My husband never got into social media, so that helps.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: BENGHAZI!!!

  • Bambino

    No surprise. Liars got to lie.

  • PickyPecker
    • The_Wretched

      Frank Lundtz school of destroying the meaning of words. Creating chaos helps the authoritarians.

    • Reality.Bites

      Where’s Ann B. Davis?

      Fake grid.

      • anne marie in philly

        bwhahahahahaha!

      • Mark Cross

        …or Paul Lynde for that matter!

    • Gianni

      That is a terrific visual aid. Really says it all.

    • Dave F.

      Maybe Alex Jones should have ‘Stable’ under his pic. We can add SHS with ‘Honest’, ‘Toilet Paper’ Perkins with ‘Christian’ and Zinke or DeVos with ‘Competent’.

      • anne marie in philly

        and ivanka as “complicit” and jared as “wussy”

  • Ninja0980

    No surprise there.

  • Boreal
    • Todd20036

      A great example of that is the stock market.

      When it was going up, Trump took credit for it for “making America great again”.

      Now that it is correcting, suddenly it’s all Obama’s fault.

  • Boreal
    • Uncle Mark

      And some of them have no understanding of what real facts are. I’ve had my fill debating morons confusing FOX, feelings, and theology as facts

      • pch1013

        I’d like to ask one of them: “How do you know that Donald Trump exists?”

        • RoFaWh

          Ha ha ha ha ha!

          What a witty idea!

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Because it’s easier to flat out lie, than admit you are wrong. ‘Murica!!!

      • RoFaWh

        Your post inspires me to wonder, if you had Fat Donnie Two-scoops in thumbscrews, how tight would they have to be for Donnie to say, about anything, “I was wrong”?

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Mueller is going to find out.

    • Good call

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Boreal
  • Boreal
  • kaydenpat

    No surprise here. Trump is a liar so of course his supporters are the same.

  • another_steve

    It hurts my heart to think that a solid 32-37 percent of Americans are deplorable dreck.

    Hurts bad.

    • The_Wretched

      less than 17% is deplorable dreck. The other half of that number are a mix of people who aren’t all that smart or who don’t have the will to stand up against their circumstances and just adopt whatever is going on around them.

      • another_steve

        Optimistic, that. Perhaps you’re right.

        I recently came across a chart showing what percentage of Americans identify as evangelical born-again Christians. These, presumably, are people who hate queers and who believe Jesus rode dinosaurs.

        I forget the percentage but it made me lose my appetite for lunch.

      • KevInPDX

        Opportunistic intellectual laziness!

    • Treant

      Closer to 20%, truly. 12-15% are either easily brainwashed or really dumb.

      And honestly, think of all the people you’ve known and worked with who would stab you in the back, or at least whisper things behind it, for any minor perceived “advantage.” Twenty percent is about right.

      • The_Wretched

        Same thing I just said but better worded.

    • Gianni

      Easily understood and I share that feeling. When one cares about and loves their country, it is so demoralizing to witness such groveling worship and support for a lying, low-life who wasn’t chosen by the voters to be President. How does anyone with any sense admire, trust, and vote for a known and repetitive liar, dissembler, and chaos creator? It is incomprehensible to me.

      • another_steve

        Exactly.

        Thank you, Gianni.

        • Gianni

          You’re welcome, Steve. Your comment really spoke to me. Thanks.

      • Galvestonian

        Education funding has been cut for decades. They no longer teach government or civics in schools. Evangelism is heavily promoted and the bible is promoted as a fact that if you don’t believe every word as it stands then you are damned and relegated to hell forever. Dumb begets dumb and white trash rules.

    • Todd20036

      There are Nazis in America. That hurts.

      • JackFknTwist

        About 37 % fascist……they hide the flags.

    • JCF

      Check their age demographics. There are fewer and fewer of them every day!

      • another_steve

        Praise Zeus.

        All honor and glory to the life expectancy tables.

  • Boreal
  • AJD

    On the topic of fake news, there’s this superb Facebook post:

    https://www.facebook.com/david.stringer.hughes/posts/10107257883554979

    • Bluto

      Good post.

  • BeaverTales

    In other news, water is wet.

    • Gustav2

      What? That’s Fake News!

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Proving again that, the more uneducated, the more deceived, and the more deceptive that you are, the more likely you’ll gravitate to a social media platform for your information. Further, you’ll more likely be monetized by social media.

  • Rex

    It takes a lot of work to keep convincing yourself that a lie is the truth.

  • boobert

    Geez ! It never stops ! I just got a fb post from the sister in law to boycott pepsi because they omitted under god from the pledge. That was a fake story 4 years ago and it’s still making the rounds. I wouldn’t give up my pepsi if they had ! I got her away from trump, now I have to keep her from speading fake news. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/032a04b29ef6fb290fa878fe34eb6ac75bd43e67e203db67d4ff38c39ce6fcf1.png

    • edrex

      i’m guessing she’s an “rc cola” gal anyway.

    • Bluto

      You’re spot on, except Coke is a lot better than Pepsi (ducks & covers).

      • safari

        Coke isn’t as grossly sweet

        • Bluto

          zactly.

      • boobert

        Real sugar pepsi or mexican coke, either hits my happy spot !

        • Bluto

          I’ve never been able to find cane sugar Mexican Coke in my area. Can buy online but it’s pricy.

          • boobert

            Sugar, not corn syrup. they have it at costco. I’ve also seen it at walmart, target and big lots. Only in glass bottles with a white sticker

          • William

            Mexican Coke is in glass bottles and has actual sugar.

      • DoctorDJ

        They’re both Type II Diabetes in a can…

      • JCF

        I like Diet Pepsi better than Diet Coke.

  • Leo
    • Lars Littlefield

      Ivanka will advise him to declare war against Donnatella Versace.

    • The_Wretched

      At what point does his literally endless attempts to stop Mueller and the trumprussia investigation become Obstruction? It’s sort of the hiding in plain sight of illegalities.

    • Uncle Mark

      The article says that “Trump’s looking for a killer.” I would suggest his problem is that none of his staffers are willing to commit suicide for him. Sorry, Donnie, no one’s willing to be your personal assassin, whose only reward is a cyanide pill or a trip under the bus.

    • -M-

      That’s a brainless trust.

    • William
  • i’m very glad to be an old hand in terms of news consumption via the internet. i am extremely critical by simple habit at this point; everything i read is suspect and only enjoys “high degree of confidence this is true” rating, in the best material and writers.

    we were just reading a similar/maybe connected study abstract about how and why fake news works. isn’t not a big mystery, really. educated people learn to keep flexible minds and opinions in the face of new information, and are more likely to be critical. there are of course exceptions, but HRC was kind to call traitor supports ‘deplorable’ rather than ‘racist, inbred, country bumpkin who couldn’t spell their way out of a paper bag.

    • Michael White

      when I was in grade school (I was in 8th grade in ’65) the nuns taught us how to look at ads on TV and in papers to look for biases so we could determine fake news.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        What a lovely story! The magical-thinking sister-wives to an invisible husband taught critical thinking skills. This should be a film!

        🤣

        • the Catholics mostly surrendered to science decades ago. in many rural areas, your choices of schools for your children only come in two flavors (crazy religious or bad public) and if you’re lucky to be able to swing the tuition at catholic school, your kids will get a liberal dosing fact, science, and critical thinking skills development. not all of them are great, but some of them are, or at least way better than YEC or subpar public environments with no real resources.

  • Leo
    • boobert

      What an idiot !

    • Cuberly Deux

      Uh oh, that means no pictures, all text. Short attention-span Donnie ain’t gonna be happy.

    • Smart move on the House Dems’ part.

      Even smarter if they avoided any mentions of Donald’s name anywhere in it, because that’s sure to lose his fruit-fly span of attention.

    • zhera

      So he won’t read it, he will ‘be briefed’ on it. Half a page of text, a picture or two, and it’ll end with ‘Donald Trump is the handsomest man in the world!!!1!!!11♥♥♥♥’.

    • coram nobis

      From a similar moment in “I, Claudius”, where Tiberius’ family wants to warn him about Sejanus (Patrick Stewart in a wig):

      Claudius: [after being asked by Antonia to hide a letter for Tiberius inside his history of Carthage] Well, I suppose I could, but I don’t want to give him this copy. It’s got elephants drawn all over it.

      Antonia: You are the biggest fool any mother was ever punished with. Who cares about your stupid history of Carthage? Nobody’s going to read it anyway, and certainly not Tiberius. The only way you’d get him to read it is if you drew naked women all over it, and then he’d only look at the pictures!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    In another study it was revealed that water is wet.

  • Uncle Mark

    Is anyone really surprised by this? I remember when social media was limited to emails. My Trump-lovin’/Republicans-only sister, husband, and his family would spam me with all kinds of politically-tainted BS, as well as just plain gullible BS & urban legends. My other sister and I used to refer these chuckle-heads to snopes.com CONSTANTLY…and they still never fact-checked the crap they emailed us.

    Now there’s real money and political gain to be made in fooling the hopelessly gullible, with advertisers/market strategists, Republicans, and Russians with much to gain

    • JWC

      Why would they Donny said it Donny is president(gawd) ergo its true

    • zhera

      Snopes is like water on the goose for those people. I tried that, repeatedly, but only got replies with ‘I know what’s the TRUTH’ and similar.

      In the end I dumped two people on facebook because I’d had enough of their lies and hypocrisy.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Isn’t this exactly opposite of what he claimed this morning?
    https://twitter.com/joncoopertweets/status/960955734316998658

  • greenmanTN

    My local branch library has publicly available free computers with internet access, and there is a group of men who are there pretty much every day, all of them blowhards and loudmouths. I went in a few years ago and, no kidding, they were debating whether Obama was more like Hitler, Pol Pot, or Stalin. I complained to the library director, telling her their loud political talk was intrusive, rude, and created a hostile environment for those who did not share their political beliefs and they cracked down on the loud talk. Now they just whisper their bullshit to each other.

    Oh, and they had the nerve to bitch loudly about paying taxes while using free computers at the public library on a near daily basis paid for, you guessed it, by taxes.

    • another_steve

      We could talk, babe.

      Here in Maryland we have our rednecks too. Maryland – a “border state” during the American Civil War – has this incredibly complicated Civil War history. It was not at all uncommon for one son in a family to go off to fight with the Union Army and another son in the same family to go off to fight with the Confederate Army. The latter bred, and consequently we have rednecks here.

      But also some of the most progressive counties in the nation. Howard County, for instance was one of the first in the nation to extend legal protections to queer people. Early 1970s. Montgomery County – which borders D.C. – is a hotbed of progressiveness.

      Weird.

      Very weird.

      • coram nobis

        California has its paradoxes as well. It’s the home of Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes. Historically, it sent three less-than-progressives to the White House: Hoover, Nixon and Reagan. It had only four Democratic governors in the 20th Century — and two of them were named Edmund G. Brown, Sr. and Jr. It gave the nation Earl Warren — after Warren had been a chief cheerleader for the Nisei roundups. It has a progressive history, even a Progressive Party government — and also has to answer for the outright genocide of its native peoples.

        • another_steve

          California is an excellent example.

          Thanks, cn.

        • It Takes a Village, People

          Outstate California is Alabama. And Mormons.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          Public library??? That’s SOCIALISM!

      • William

        Maryland was occupied by federal troops to prevent it from joining the Confederacy. If that had happened, Washington DC would have fallen.

        • another_steve

          Maryland legislators who advocated for the state to secede from the union were arrested by federal officials.

          Literally.

    • pch1013

      While they themselves are, presumably, on Social Security and Medicare.

      • greenmanTN

        They are all older men so you’re right.

      • Charlie In SF

        Dont forget SSI

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Are all of those men my dad? Do they wear baseball caps and stretch jeans?

  • gaycuckhubby
    • The_Wretched

      hrm
      purged or
      careful to make sure he wasn’t officially copied (hitlarian discretion) or

      used secondary communication system (private secret email server)

    • Uncle Mark
    • William

      Clever Pence. He didn’t want to be held responsible for anything.

    • clay

      If that’s that case, he has no exculpatory evidence to defend him against complicity around Flynn.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      He is MUCH MUCH smarter than anyone else in the Trump administration. I know the bar is low, but still. He’s probably smarter than the FBI too. And you have to be pretty smart to be in the FBI. He’ll be the toughest nut for Mueller to crack.

    • Tom000

      Your link does NOT mention anything about Pence’s emails. And the only source that showed up in a Google search was from Fox News.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Right. It’s not about Pences e-mails.
        It’s about the transotion teams e-mails

  • anne marie in philly

    well DUH!

  • Blake J Butler
  • This comes as no surprise because Donald’s entire campaign was built around the fact he’s the world’s most facile and prolific compulsive liar.

    And also a traitor to his country.

    • RoFaWh

      After Berlin fell at the end of WWII, the Russians burnt Hitler’s body and scattered the ashes so they could never be the focus of Nazi sympathizers. (They kept a few fragments, of the skull iirc, in the KGB archives.)

      Hear that, Fat Donnie Two-scoops? That’s what happens to people who seriously fuck up their own countries.

      • William

        The piece of skull was tested and found to be from a woman. Judging by the age, it was probably belonged to Magda Goebbels.

    • -M-

      He has a talent for figuring out which lies resonate with his fellow deplorables. Coupled with no compunction about lying or contradicting himself.

  • Blake J Butler
    • JCF

      My next library request!

  • Cuberly Deux

    …and they all hang out at Mediaite?

  • Leo
    • President Bannon was succeeded in office by President Kelly, after another bloodless coup.

    • coram nobis

      Sort of like Aemilius Sejanus, who was chief of staff to Tiberius Caesar. The emperor got to go off and play at his resort in Capri, in isolation, and Sejanus ran the empire. Trouble is, Tiberius eventually found out what Sejanus was up to.

      Tiberius: You and I will draw up a list during dinner. A long list. The city will be purged! As surely as if she had gorged herself on figs for a year! I will open Rome’s bowels! The streets will run like a sewer!
      — “I, Claudius”

    • clay

      He’s got three TVs in his bedroom, how much more radiation from Fox News does he need?

  • gaycuckhubby
    • Treant

      …with an unstable market and slowing economic indicators.

      He’s a brilliant little mofo, ain’t he?

  • Rocco

    Big duh…talk to any of them for five minutes…

  • Jim Michaud

    No s**t Sherlock! These people have a vested interest in keeping America polarized and spreading lies. It’s FOX’s and all of the conservative pundits’ bread and butter. They have books to sell, speeches to give and dim bulbs to continue to be hooked by the outrage industry. Compromise? Truth? Cooperation? That doesn’t put food on the table!

  • WTHella

    Off Topic:

    T-60 minutes until Falcon Heavy’s first test flight. Launch webcast will go live about 20 minutes before liftoff → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2018

  • Leo
    • The_Wretched

      The closer we get to the 2018 elections, the more Mueller will not release indictments so as to be seen as apolitical. this is a travesty as I’m sure he has more chargeable stuff he’s sitting on and is relevant to the choice of voting members of our government.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/micahcohen/status/960957599259725824
    R’s are coming home.
    Bottom line, this fall’s election will come down to turnout, simple as that.

    • Treant

      They’re riding high on this “tax cut” thing. Once people realize–quickly–that $1.50 means nothing in your monthly budget, the high will fade again.

      Plus Dumpsterfuck is doing everything he can to poison the well again.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Yep. I think we got WAY too excited about a blue wave

      • Ninja0980

        I still think we will get one but there was also no way Democrats were going to stay at 14 points in the lead either.

    • Leo

      I’m waiting to see how many points Lamb loses by in PA.

    • The_Wretched

      And turn out is why the Dems need to stop attacking their base and must get a positive message. “We aren’t him” does not draw people to the polls.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yes! 1,000 upvotes

    • JCF
  • HZ81

    Oxford? We don’t need no English telling us how to America!

    • whollyfool

      that’s fantastic

    • Ann Kah

      Well …apparently we do, we really, really do, because we are not doing so well ourselves, are we?

    • JCF

      Um, Deplorables think “Oxford” always refers to Mississippi.

      • HZ81

        Good point.

      • There is more than one place called Oxford:

        Oxford (Alabama) – A town in the state of Alabama.
        Oxford (Arizona) – A town in the state of Arizona.
        Oxford (Arkansas) – A town in the state of Arkansas.
        Oxford (Connecticut) – A town in the state of Connecticut.
        Oxford (Georgia) – A town in the state of Georgia.
        Oxford (Idaho) – A town in the state of Idaho.
        Oxford (Indiana) – A town in the state of Indiana.
        Oxford (Iowa) – A town in the state of Iowa.
        Oxford (Kansas) – A town in the state of Kansas.
        Oxford (Kentucky) – A town in the state of Kentucky.
        Oxford (Maine) – A town in the state of Maine.
        Oxford (Maryland) – A town in the state of Maryland.
        Oxford (Massachusetts) – A town in the state of Massachusetts.
        Oxford (Michigan) – A town in the state of Michigan.
        Oxford (Mississippi) – A town in the state of Mississippi.
        Oxford (Nebraska) – A town in the state of Nebraska.
        Oxford (New Jersey) – A town in the state of New Jersey.
        Oxford (Michigan) – A town in the state of Michigan.
        Oxford (New York) – A town in the state of New York.
        Oxford (North Carolina) – A town in the state of North Carolina.
        Oxford (Ohio) – A town in the state of Ohio.
        Oxford (Pennsylvania) – A town in the state of Pennsylvania.
        Oxford (Wisconsin) – A town in the state of Wisconsin.

  • Treant

    Today’s market watchword: volatility. Can you say “volatility?”

    I knew you could.

    • gaycuckhubby
      • Treant

        https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/?symbol=.VIX

        Exactly. Spikes to 25 aren’t unheard-of, but are rare. The base is around 10. Yesterday? 38. Today? 45.

        People are shifting around like crazy.

        • NZArtist

          People aren’t. Algorithms are. It’ll be a nasty parasitic oscillation, feeding back on itself.
          If price > x and variability > y then sell…
          price falls.
          if price is y then buy…
          price rises.
          Rinse and repeat.

  • coram nobis

    Fake news or diagnosis? The Sacramento Bee has a speculation that Donald is an android, on the “Blade Runner” pattern.

    http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article198495354.html

    But that’s just it: In Philip K. Dick’s world, androids can, when the occasion demands it, sound quite normal, quite human. The problem is, their words are just words. They don’t have the moral core to genuinely feel the emotions they are trying to publicly present. And, ultimately, their actions reflect that lack of moral restraint. Because they don’t actually care about other people, and how their actions impact them, when push comes to shove they are entirely opportunistic.

    That’s Trump to a tee. He – or it, as the androids are labeled in Dick’s masterpiece – simply isn’t programmed to feel others’ pain, to see the world through others’ eyes. The replicas, wrote Dick, “possessed no ability to feel empathic joy for another life form’s success or grief at its defeat.” Such a creation was, he wrote, “a solitary predator.”

    • Treant

      So androids are perfect sociopaths.

      That sounds a lot like Trump, except that he’s programmed to fake emotions when called a name or given a less than stellar review.

  • Jay George
  • MikeBx2

    President Dotard tweeted a link to the Daily Caller just today.

  • Dave F.

    More proof that nothing breeds or travels like stupid. Maybe it’s time to replicate the monkey and a banana in a jar experiment. If we put bottles of beer or NASCAR tickets into 100 pound lead containers with openings just big enough for a hand but too small for a clenched fist they’ll grab them and not let go. We could round them up – or let them starve to death.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Just try to imagine all of my considerable shock and surprise.

    • coram nobis

      I’m shocked. Where are my winnings?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Costcogate: Paul Ryan was REALLY selective with his pull quotes from that AP article when he wanted a happy $1.50 lady….

    Ketchum [the $1.50 lady] was referring to Todd Anderson and his fiance, a Texas couple who are both educators and received $200 more combined in their checks, and Wayne Love, a Florida resident who works in the managed care
    industry and saw an extra $200 in his paycheck — which he said he’d use
    to help cover a $300 increase in his health insurance costs.

    Original AP article had their three stories in successive paragraphs.

  • boatboy_srq

    Would not “tRump Supporters Live in an Alternate Universe” be an equally appropriate and defensible conclusion for this study?

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    U.S. news outlets, if they report this, will bring on Trump spokesthingies and do that “both sides do it” bullshit.

  • clay

    I’m hoping they managed to weed out the fake accounts, first.

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, the Rude Pundit has a new meditation on Donald’s discourse. His lede:

    For a man who talks like an old Vegas emcee trying to make Bugsy Siegel smile, constantly saying that he “loves” wherever he happens to be or whoever happens to be in front of him, President Donald Trump can’t help but show how much he hates pretty much everyone. Oh, he can put on an act, but, time and again, he demonstrates that he hates America, he hates Americans, he hates the Constitution, and he hates our institutions. Sure, he loves people cheering for him, so he fakes it as best he can.

    http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2018/02/donald-trump-gives-us-more-sedition-and.html

  • Lizard

    I appreciate the scientists applying academic rigor to this topic, but I could have told them that.

  • It Takes a Village, People

    I don’t need no book learnin’ fancy college boys to tell me that!

    • Mr. Ric

      Excellence in punctuation goes to…

  • Jefe5084

    Nice to have some science behind it, but not shocked, unless someone is shocked, then I’m shocked. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7679621a5fc888aa350ff94b6debceb8e1dd733d4c0dce82374e3fd965c0c862.jpg

  • Keith D Plane

    well, duh!

  • Halou

    Fine people, I’m sure.

  • teeveedub

    “Oxford University? What do they know? Fake news!”
    – Trump supporters lemmings.

  • Gianni

    From now on, we won’t have to concern ourselves about Russian bots dropping all sorts of bullshit onto social media sites. The Trumpettes will do that job for us.

  • Fox news should have been on the list of fake sights.