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Where Is US Election Misinformation Coming From? Hint: It's Not Russia

Yochai Benkler discusses election misinformation, and his recent report, with NPR. In the report, Benkler and his team find that President Donald Trump and other elites are central to disinformation about mail-in voting. 

“Early on, this basic desire to grab a headline really helped [Donald Trump] get his message outside of those inside the propaganda feedback loop and into the more mainstream,” Benkler says.

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