Adam Serwer, writing on Twitter in response to a series of distortions from the conservative Federalist website, states plainly the truth of Trump-supporting lies:
There is no incentive to correct because the targeted audience will believe anything pro-Trump they are told, whereas acknowledging error would signal weakness and insufficient devotion to the Great Leader.
Yes, and yes again.
They want to hear what they want to hear, and there are always people who will satisfy those wants.
Two examples (of many) in Whitewater would be the commissioning of three studies before the local government at last conceded that a waste-hauling scheme into a digester was infeasible. A councilman (Binnie) pushed for that third taxpayer-funded study when by contrast any reasonable person earlier would have seen that the plan was both impractical and destructive. Here he futilely held on in the hope of a justification that was never going to come. Even at the end, Whitewater’s city manager (Clapper) insisted that in ten years or so he’d be proved right, and the wastewater superintendent (Reel) tried to keep talking about what a fine idea he was sure this was (until at last someone cut him off).
At UW-Whitewater, the school publicizes on its website a so-called crime safety study that’s so unsound no educated man or woman could give it credence. See The Marketing of Misinformation: UW-Whitewater’s Use of a Counterfeit ‘Campus Safety’ Study, For UW-Whitewater’s Administration, Talking Points Won’t Be Enough, and Truth-Telling and Tale-Weaving. It doesn’t matter enough to the chancellor (Watson) and his public relations team (Kuhl, Angileri) that the study is embarrassingly deficient – it says what they want to hear, and what they want to prospective students to hear. Watson undertook advanced studies and defended a dissertation, but now he advances claims that are unworthy of legitimate academic work at any accredited institution. Watson, Kuhl, and Angileri say what they want in support of what they want.
Whitewater, Wisconsin, and America can and should do better.