Ideally, I would like to prepare the reader to digest the following with a maximum of self-discrediting by my choice of works. The following statement arises from discussion on techniques perfected by tobacco companies in the 1960s and onward to divert attention from truths connecting tobacco and cancer:
Several studies have shown that repeating a false claim, even in the context of debunking that claim, can make it stick
The whole piece is here. In relation to false figures presented in the Brexit campaign:
The false claim was vastly more powerful than a true one would have been, not because it was bigger, but because everybody kept talking about it.
If you’re looking for reasons to disagree with this statement, there’s no point in trying to convince you anyways.
In the meantime, try to think for yourself from time to time.