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In March, as part of a New York Times Magazine article on the science behind myth busting, I spoke to several rumor experts about Obama's efforts to fight the Muslim claim. In politics, conventional wisdom holds that the best way to neutralize a whisper campaign is to ignore it. The experts thought this was a bad plan, and they praised Obama's camp for aggressively pushing back at the Muslim rumor every time it's popped up in the news.
Polls show that belief in the Muslim rumor is confined to a few select demographic groups: Conservative Republicans, rural voters, and people without college degrees are most likely to think Obama is Muslim. Rumor researchers say that the best way to fight a myth is to take your refutation to the social groups who believe it; this way, you minimize the possibility of introducing the lie to people who hadn't heard it in the first place.
People don't believe that Obama is a Muslim because Google has given them bad info -- they believe it because they dismiss the good info on Google, or, more likely, because they trust what they've heard through e-mail and have never bothered to do a Web search.
Well, Hitler had his ministry of Propaganda, so why not Barack Obama? It's funny though how he's the only candidate that feels a need for paid staffers to disrupt threads that are less than flattering to him. Maybe he doesn't believe in the First Amendment and free speech?
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Obama's campaign has developed a website called Fight the Smears in an attempt to handle some of the ridiculous rumors that are going around in blogs and emails about him, his wife, his religion, his life. It's a pretty good site, but Salon seems to think that the strategy might backfire. I have had the same thoughts.
(As we know, sometimes responding to a rumor, feeds it and gives it power.)
So, what you're saying is: Only the uneducated and rural segments of the American population believe Obama is a Muslim due to their lack of education.. Interesting hypothesis. I'm sure it will cull him a lot of favor among the blue collar workers.
Polls show that belief in the Muslim rumor is confined to a few select demographic groups: Conservative Republicans, rural voters, and people without college degrees are most likely to think Obama is Muslim. .
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
It is a perfect analogy to what happens here on ATS. Responding and reacting to every little internet rumor is like getting baited by lloyd or jamie,