I have learnt about "truth decay" by accident from here:

(..) “Truth Decay” — the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life.

There are four trends that characterize Truth Decay:

  • increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data
  • a blurring of the line between opinion and fact
  • the increasing relative volume and resulting influence of opinion and personal experience over fact
  • declining trust in formerly respected sources of facts.

This makes me think about "post-truth", but it is unclear if it is the same thing.

The same source mentioned that analysis alone is not enough and that multiple actors must be involved in acting to diminish "post-truth" effects:

RAND's research agenda addresses these issues and much more. But research and analysis alone cannot solve the complex problem of Truth Decay. Policymakers, media companies, and individuals must also act on the basis of this research.

This makes me wonder if any recent political program or campaign ever mentioned this as an issue.

Question: Is there any US political program mentioning "truth decay" (or similar concept) as an issue that should be tacked?

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "political program". There have been various campaigns by NGOs and private bodies to promote a more fact-based political dialog (e.g. politifact.com and factcheck.org) but such organisations generally aim to be apolitical or non-partisan. – Stuart F Nov 23 at 14:22
  • @StuartF - I mean any campaign related speech or document coming from a political party or person rather than a NGO. – Alexei Nov 23 at 14:32

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