It doesn’t matter if the lie is easily rebutted. Indeed in one sense rebuttals are part of the plan because they result in the subject of the lie being amplified and kept on, or near, the top of the news agenda. The ultimate goal of strategic lying is to have an impact on the salience of issues.
A poll on Covid messaging tells which words do and do not work for public communications.
Our national and social identity is deeply rooted in values like freedom, equality, and order. A political scientist explores how these ideas have affected the US response to the worsening pandemic.