I think Jeet Heer is more right than not here:

Rather than blaming the “fake news” sites or social-media purveyors like Facebook, Democrats need to realize they compounded the problem by gearing their general-election strategy to winning over moderate or Trump-averse Republicans. This strategy had the effect of blunting a message of economic populism, which got sidelined despite the fact that Clinton was running on the most progressive platform in history. Pursuing suburban college-educated Republicans who were always going to be reluctant to support her clouded over the very economic message that would’ve appealed to working class voters of all races, leading to a fatally lower turnout from the Obama coalition in decisive states like Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Social media may have empowered the spread of fake news—and Trump’s candidacy surely fueled it. But it’s the Democrats’ own flawed political strategy that made the rise of fake news so important—and perhaps so decisive—in 2016.

The fake news thing is being driven by conservatives wanting to believe what they want to believe, and while it shouldn’t be tolerated on social media simply on first principles (such as if you put any stock in the concept of truth), the extent to which it changed opinions more than, say, an email forwarded sixteen times is up for debate.

Also, trying to generate a stampede of moderate Republican women repulsed by Trump’s character was a suboptimal strategy in the first place. I know why they did it, but the Clintons of all people should know the folly of counting on moderate Republicans.

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