The origin of the specious
On the morning of July 2nd, Donald Trump tweeted a video showing himself wrestling a man with a CNN logo for a head to the ground and pummelling him. “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN,” added the president. Mr Trump, a septuagenarian not known for his technical skills, almost certainly did not make the video himself. A user on Reddit, a social-discussion website, going by the moniker of “HanAssholeSolo”, swiftly took credit. The Economist has downloaded and trudged through 1.5m posts made since January 1st 2016 on the forum Mr AssholeSolo frequented, which is a cesspit of bigotry and hatred (“500,000 dead Muslims is a good start”, he wrote in one post). The president, known to be fond of adulation, could find plenty of it here. Some users refer to him as “God emperor”, a phrase that appears more than 6,000 times in post titles.