How to Avoid Cognitive Dissonance and Spreading Fake News

In the age of fake news, it can be hard to figure out what is based on fact and what’s a false narrative. It has created a lot of confusion, and that makes it difficult for people to make informed decisions. Today we discuss cognitive dissonance, how to stay positive, and most importantly, how we all can stay vigilant against spreading false information.

Today’s Guest:

  • Corey Lynn is an investigative journalist who is dedicated to the truth and exposing corruption. She covers topics the mainstream media seldom touches, and she always links back to her sources. You can find her work at
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Cognitive Dissonance

There’s this phenomenon called cognitive dissonance, and it’s something you’ve written about. And it really ties into psychological warfare and the fake news. Could you explain what cognitive dissonance is?

Corey Lynn: Basically, it’s when they’re trying to create such a level of confusion that people go into identity crisis, they don’t know what to believe anymore. It’s a state of mass confusion, and they’re doing a really good job at it. And by “they,” I mean the MSM and Hollywood and politicians. They’ve all pretty much controlled the narrative for a long time. And now that narrative is–people are fighting back because they know that they’ve been lied to about a ton of things. So I would say right now circulating around, we have about 85 percent of everything you see out there is BS and about 15 percent is truth based and backed with facts.

Unknowingly Contributing to Cognitive Dissonance

Corey’s recent article “What Are You Doing?” is about how people are unknowingly contributing to cognitive dissonance by spreading unverified information as fact.

Corey Lynn: A lot of people are contributing to this. It’s not just those that are putting out the projection and the manipulation and the lies. It’s those that are sharing information and stating it as fact and truth when it’s really just a theory, or there’s really no theory to it at all, and it’s complete conjecture. People need to slow down and pay attention to that because they’re contributing to the cognitive dissonance.

They are contributing to all this confusion. Every time someone dies, they are not Arkancided. That one drives me nuts. I cover that in here. People keep calling Hillary Clinton her clone and that she actually is dead. Okay, if that’s your theory, state it as a theory, don’t state it as a fact. — Corey Lynn

Current Projection Tactics in the Media

I was wondering if you could give any specific examples of how the mainstream media has been using these techniques to manipulate the mass consciousness or narrative of things. I was thinking the Russia collusion hoax would be one, but I wanted to get your take.

Corey Lynn: I think racism is a great example… There could be a criminal who just robbed a bank and you could say, wow, this person’s terrible. They just went in and they knocked over this old woman and then they jumped the counter. They robbed $5 million from this bank. And next thing you know, if that person’s Hispanic or African-American, well you are a racist. You are just attacking them and going after them because they’re not white.

This is how they spin stuff, and they’re hitting it hard right now. I think a lot of people are seeing through it. It’s old. It’s so old. I’m so sick of seeing it and hearing it. They create the Islamophobe and homophobe and the xenophobe, and you’re a bigot and a racist. This is all projection tactics to keep seeding the mind, to try to make them believe that someone is a certain way. They do this with Donald Trump all the time. — Corey Lynn

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