If there's one term people might remember most from the tenure of the 45th President of The United States, it's the term "fake news." However, a legion of his followers nonetheless believed what he said, with the President inadvertently, or intentionally, creating his own propaganda.
Sadly, people will too easily believe almost anything they hear in this day and age, even after something has been unequivocally proven false.
Often resulting in dangerous consequences.
Redditor 6FeetDownUnder was eager to learn which conspiracy theories and propaganda people continue to believe, despite it's being definitively proven false, leading them to ask:
"What is something debunked as propaganda that is still widely believed?"
The Muddled Meaning Of Propoganda
"That propaganda is necessarily misleading or false."
"Propaganda is simply a method of directional persuasion."
"Can it be false or misleading?"
"But it can also simultaneously be factually unimpeachable and rhetorically suggestive."- dreamrock
Who Was Really Responsible For 9/11
"That the 9/11 hijackers were sponsored by Iraq."
"In reality, 15 of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia and 11 of them received large amounts of money from members of the Saudi royal family shortly before the attack."
"In 2016 the Obama administration, under pressure from the families of the 9/11 victims, tried to investigate Saudi Arabia. In response to the JASTA act."
"Saudi Arabia threatened to sell $750 billion worth of American assets they own."
"This would destabilize the dollar."
"The 9/11 Commission’s final report stated that it found 'no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded' al-Qaida."
“'This conclusion does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to al-Qaida'."- Ctheo27
It's All Lies!
"Lie detector tests."
"They are easily rigged/straight up false most of the time and were outlawed from being used in court as evidence back in the 70s."
"idk why when Youtubers or sh*tty reality TV shows use them many people treat their answers as factual."
"They aren’t."- Conscious_Day2425
The Truth About McDonald's Coffee
"Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, also known as the McDonald's Coffee Case."
"In case you never heard of it, a woman sued McDonald's because the coffee was too hot and caused injury when she spilled some on herself by accident."
"McDonald's spent millions on smear campaigns trying to make her look like some sort of idiotic buffoon who filed a frivolous suit."
"Tons of corporate influence was applied in the media to villify her."
"Ask most people, they think she lost and McDonald's won."
"Only that's not what happened."
"The coffee was between 180-190F (88C), far higher than safe temperature and far higher than competition."
"She suffered major third degree burns resulting in an 8-day stay in the hospital and skin grafts."
"A jury awarded her $200,000 in medical injuries and $2.7 million in punitive damages against McDonald's."
"Later reduced by the trial judge."
"The parties settled without disclosure out of court during appeal."
"Basically, McDonald's was completely in the wrong and scalded this woman, and the court found them liable, but smear campaigns made her look like a moron and losing party."- Kent_KnifenGlitch Mcdonalds GIFGiphy
Some People Just Have High Standards
"That napoleon was short."- NiallCCFC17
Nope, Just Annoys Other People...
'That cracking your knuckles causes arthritis."
"Science nerd Donald Unger cracked the knuckles on his left hand only for 50 years, no arthritis."
"Suck it Nana."- Unable_Version_3955
Just Read The Label
"That plastics are easily recyclable, and that MSG is bad for you."- AZSnakeClimate Change Sustainability GIF by INTO ACTIONGiphy
Next time you hear something whose validity is questionable, seriously evaluate who you heard it from, and then do some research of your own.
After all, facts are facts.
And no, there are no "alternative facts".