provably false

The persistence of political baloney remains a young field of inquiry. “It’s very much up in the air.

Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds.
Facts often do not cure misinformation.
Facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.

In the presence of correct information, people making decisions about how the country runs react very, very differently than the merely uninformed.

“The general idea is that it’s absolutely threatening to admit you’re wrong.” Instead of changing their minds to reflect the correct information, they can entrench themselves even deeper.