The Illusory Truth Effect, first discovered in 1977, which suggests that people tend to believe that false information is correct due to repeated exposure has become an accepted and real phenomenon.
Research has shown that most people today assume that we human beings use only 10% of our brains or the fact that Walt Disney had his dead body frozen in hopes that future technology could bring him back to life as unquestionable facts. Truth be said, both of these widely accepted beliefs have been debunked as urban legends with no basis in fact. On the contrary, the consensus amongst leading Neurologist is that humans use virtually every part of the brain, and the authenticated Death Certificate of Walt Disney states very clearly that Disney was cremated in 1966.
The constant repetition of these fallacious claims has ensured that they are assumed as common knowledge in pop culture. These examples of the Illusory Truth Effect are based on relatively benign claims. On the contrary, what becomes incredibly scary and has the potential to impact all of our lives, is when the illusion of truth is utilized to create panic and ill feelings towards the President of the United States.
Reports that a growing number of Americans believe that President Trump somehow colluded with Russians to ensure the downfall of Senator Hillary Clinton is proof positive that there exists a glitch in the human psyche that equates repetition with truth.
The fact that this conspiratorial mindset adopted by the media is not founded on objectively verifiable facts has apparently been ignored by millions of Americans drinking the “Illusory Cool Aid.”
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have yet to produce a shred of solid evidence to point to Russian collusion. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a member of the Intelligence Committee, has noted on more than one occasion, that no evidence has been found. In fact, Senate Democrats on the Committee have started to resign themselves to the fact that no evidence might be found.
The need by the left leaning media to capitalize on the Illusory Truth Effect by repeating erroneous and fake stories is a by-product of the aftermath of the Democratic shock from the 2016 election. The sad reality is that such repeated false claims is not only repugnant and dishonest, it is ultimately unpatriotic.
How can anyone who has gained in so many ways from living in the greatest democracy on Earth possibly make the argument that it is good for America to spin stories to discredit our President? What life lessons do the so-called leading academicians and journalists alike believe they are teaching the next generation?
Worse yet, the only conclusion that one must come to by virtue of the fact that millions of Americans are accepting spurious and far-fetched claims as Gospel must be that most Americans are using only 10% of their brains!
Antony Gordon is a Fulbright Scholar, graduate of the Harvard Law School and member of the Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security spearheaded by Congressman Ron DeSantis, Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee is the co-author of the renowned research article titled “Will Your Grandchild Be Jewish?” and one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world in America.