“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
—Paul Horner, professional Facebook hoaxer and fake news producer, in Caitlin Dewey, “Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me,’” The Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2016.
• Editorial Comment: Fact-check. It ain’t rocket science.
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