I’ve heard about “fake news”, a.k.a. Propaganda for many years but thought I was too wise to be fooled until a simple “fact” I’d believed for 50+ years was exposed as untruth.
I’m talking about lemmings. Those little white artic creatures that commit mass suicide by running off cliffs into the sea.
Untrue. Disney did a show on it and fabricated the whole lemming suicide run. Looked spectacular for the camera but it was staged for the camera with people off camera chasing a bunch of the critters over a cliff.
I and many others believed what we saw, after all, would Disney lie?
Guess that would be a yes
This Presidential election has really brought the issue of fake news into focus.
I shared an article with someone and they objected because it was from a source they didn’t trust. So I sent them the same article link from a different source that they felt was neutral.
I wasn’t offended because they had a healthy but polite skepticism
So, how do we tell what’s fake and what’s not?
If a source is found to be untrustworthy, makes bad judgment calls or jumps on a story without verifying it.
Like all the news outlets that carried the fake story about “Trumpists” surrounding a young woman and trying to tear off her hijab while chanting “Trump, Trump, trump”. Never happened. Young lady in question is facing a charge of a false report.
Did any of those media outlets print a retraction? No.
Fake news is a real problem and finding reliable sources may be a big challenge these next 4 years