Today I've come across an expression in a magazine article which is not quite clear to me:
Today, amid confected rows about "fake news", reporters who unearthed a new Watergate would start with roughly half the country ready to disbelieve them. Finally, the Nixon museum shows how the symbolic power of the presidency can cow dissent, even in this skeptical age.
Source: Remembering an accomplished but fatally flawed president from The Economist
Could you please help me understand the words in bold type? Perhaps, there is a typo in the sentence, and the right expression should be "can sow dissent".