Within the last year multiple fake news sites have sprung up that sound like legitimate news and that imitate and look like legitimate news sites. Fake news sites will never go away, people need to read things critically. Even mainstream news needs to be read critically – collusion in the Podesta mails – circulating a list of conservative and centrist websites as ‘fake news’. It seems at times the mainstream media is yellow journalism – the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers.
A recent study of local TV stations in the US conducted by Adornato revealed that that nearly 40% of their editorial policies did not include any guidelines on how to verify information from social media, yet news managers at the TV stations admitted that at least a third of their news bulletins had reported information from social media that later was revealed to be false or inaccurate.BBC
MSM & Democrat Party & Social Media
The mainstream media continues to freak out over the spread of “fake news” on Facebook and other social media platforms such as Twitter and reddit. Hillary Clinton’s late campaign thinks this is a problem.
The Democrat party seems to think people with Facebook accounts are to blame for Hillary’s decision to ignore crucial swing states in the final weeks of the campaign, that likely cost her the election.
But the media hasn’t bothered to ask why such sites gained traction. Our media has cultivated false news for years. Understandably, people stopped caring about the “journalistic ethics” the media claim to possess…
CNN has run segments suggesting that asteroids cause climate change, and black holes can materialize in Earth’s atmosphere and swallow 747 passenger planes . A CNN panel led by left wing commentator Sally Kohn declared their “hearts are out there marching” with protestors in Ferguson as they all raised their hands to mimic the Black Lives Matter protest mantra — “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” — echoing an alleged gesture during a police shooting that was declared one of the year’s biggest lies (ironically) by the Washington Post. HeatSt
Google is working on a policy change to prevent fake news websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising.
Google Statement: “Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose of the web property.”
Facebook Statement: It’s no secret that Facebook has a fake news problem. Critics have accused the social network of allowing false and hoax news stories to run rampant, with some suggesting that Facebook contributed to Donald Trump’s election by letting hyper-partisan websites spread false and misleading information. Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the issue twice since Election Day, most notably in a carefully worded statement that reads: “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics.” Gizmodo
Labeling conservative websites fake news!
Merrimack College assistant professor Melissa Zimdars, who specialized in “fat studies”, is the author of the “fake news” list circulated online. The list includes conservative websites: Red State, BreitBart, Daily Wire, and the Blaze. The list also includes Project Veritas and the Independent Journal Review (centrist). Continue reading “Taking Aim At Fake News Sites”