The war on misinformation may be about as futile as the war on drugs

Minot, N.D. — I have been following, very close, the legal proceedings between wildly successful conspiracy monger Alex Jones and the parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

The Sandy Hook parents appear to be winning as their trial begins, and those of us who are interested in truth, and not cozy lies that slake our thirst for confirmation bias, have to be feeling hopeful.

One of the grand maladies of our time is the dense cloud of false information that permeates our efforts to govern ourselves.

If someone like Jones can be held accountable for his falsehoods about Sandy Hook, perhaps it means that Dominion Voting Systems will prevail in their lawsuit against Trump-aligned “news” organizations like Newsmax and One America News that perpetrated lies about the 2020 election, and, in turn, perhaps we’ll see a “chilling effect” among those who would mislead for profit.

Except, I’m not so sure.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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