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Amanda J. Crawford for The Conversation

Amanda J. Crawford for The Conversation

Amanda J. Crawford is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut where she teaches journalism law and ethics. A veteran journalist who previously worked for Bloomberg News, The Arizona Republic and The Baltimore Sun, Crawford's scholarly focus is on the role of journalists in democracy. Her current research focuses on misinformation and mass shooting denialism, including the media’s role in perpetuating conspiracy theories.

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American support for conspiracy theories and armed rebellion isn’t new

By: - January 6, 2022

Americans had to confront a new reality when an angry mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021: Some of their fellow citizens were in the grips of a false reality and had resorted to violence to support it. Conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and the strange alternate universe of QAnon helped drive […]