So what is “fake news?”

snopes-fake-news-sitesPolitiFact might have the best definition:

Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.

screenshot-2016-12-13-19-39-46For more on the topic, go here. And thanks, Patricia, for the link.

And, from Elissa, a new debunking tool, from Slate.


6 responses to “So what is “fake news?”

  1. I think the Politico definition can apply to most…possibly all…of the MSM publishers listed on that chart on any given day or time.

    That definition is reasonably accurate…to a point. The problem I have with it is it doesn’t cover the issue of intent. Scandal mongering, sensationalism, media slander and libel go back much farther than the last election cycle. Long before clickbait was even a word. (Been through any supermarket checkout lines in the last 40 years?) What makes todays brand of yellow journalism stand out is intent. If we are going allow “fake news” to supplant the existing lexicon on contemporary media shortcomings, (slander and libel, misinformation, disinformation, falsehood, fabrication, lying, bullshit), I think intent must be addressed in the definition. Like propaganda: Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.

  2. Who said this?
    “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.”
    Donald Trump?
    Hillary Clinton?
    Thomas Jefferson?

    Answer here.

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