It used to be illegal for the U.S. government to use propaganda against its own people. That does not mean it never happened, but it used to be illegal. It may still be illegal. But with Fox "News," propaganda and misinformation have become so common that many people no longer recognize them.
Just what is the price of propaganda and misinformation being passed off as legitimate news to the uninformed? I'm not sure how to quantify it, but I fear that it is far greater than many of us realize.
You'll see a particularly relevant example in this video, as Fox "News" deals with separation of church and state by pushing their conservative agenda and ignoring the law. This is a striking example of the damage this sort of media can do.
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