In brief, the six principal plays in the denialist playbook are:
- Doubt the Science
- Question Scientists’ Motives and Integrity
- Magnify Disagreements among Scientists and Cite Gadflies as Authorities
- Exaggerate Potential Harm
- Appeal to Personal Freedom
- Reject Whatever Would Repudiate A Key Philosophy
This is a fantastic breakdown of the strategy denialists (anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, fake news touters, et al) use to undermine facts and science. I feel like this should be formalized and turned into a checklist that media outlets and scientific communities can use to expose exactly how these deniers are operating.