EXAMINER – Deconstructing hysteria: the witch hunt rumor cycle

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On Sunday, May 19, Tim Graham of the Media Research Center(MRC) continued the conservative attacks on military civil libertarians by likening Sally Quinn of the Washington Post to King Herod. Graham’s article for the MRC-founded blog “Newsbusters” is one indicator that the publicity campaign against the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) may have reached the “everyone knows it’s true” phase. By turning the attack against a reporter sympathetic to sexual harassment victims in the military, Graham was able to propel forward themes that originated with the Family Research Council (FRC) without directly quoting the false statements from FRC itself.

The campaign of misinformation about the MRFF is following the now-familiar rumor cycle of that popular human bloodsport known as a witch hunt.

Whether metaphorical or literal, witch hunts begin during periods of sustained uncertainty.

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