In the current highly charged political environment . . . the government is facing unprecedented levels of distrust among a small but growing subset of its citizens. Multiple disinformation campaigns, waged across a broad spectrum of media, have helped to create and then aggravate this distrust through dissemination of negative news – much of it exaggerated or simply made up – about government institutions and individuals alike. In the process, a scattered political minority has created the illusion of an empowered mainstream movement.
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