Critical State

Disinformation Wars: Part II

We live in a golden age for professional fact-checkers who expose every made-up statistic or erroneous accusation that passes US political leaders’ lips. This week, Critical State delves into new research that shows how despite all that fact-checking, we also live in a golden age of political lying.

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US government ascertains Biden victory; IATA announces 'digital passport' app; Tensions rise in Syria's Daraa

The General Services Administration has formally alerted the winner of the Nov. 3 election that outgoing President Donald Trump is handing over the reins. The International Air Transport Association is developing a mobile app containing a “digital passport” to show vaccination certificates and COVID-19 test results. And, the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa faces increased clashes.

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Pfizer vaccine trial shows 95% success rate; US to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq; FAA clears 737 Max to fly

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has ended its COVID-19 vaccine trial with a 95% success rate. Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reduce the troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan. 15. And, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max jet to fly again.

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