Ah, yes. The “fake news” fad. Trump has started an era of ignorance with this one, for sure. As a person in the media business, I’m used to this phrase being tossed around like salad at this point. Does it still anger and frustrate me and other like-minded journalists? Yes. But at this point, there is no way to convince ignorant people what “fake news” actually is. They hop on the bandwagon of calling any article they dislike and coining it as fake.
If we cover something that Trump did this weekend, people will call it fake news. If we say “Hilary Clinton makes a speech in such and such city,” people call us fake… and then proceed to call us far right or far left. And then call us names which I won’t detail here.
For those who feel so inclined to comment “fake news!” on a media article, I just want to let you know you are at the brink of many, many jokes tossed around in the newsroom. As journalists, we know how to spot fake news. And as a regular civilian and consumer of news, you should be able to cite fake news when it is actually fake. Saying that Trump tweeted something is not fake news. No, that ACTUALLY happened. Now, if we said Trump converted to Islam and divorced Melania to run away with Hillary Clinton, that would probably be fake news.
People think that anything that is posted to the galactic vessel known as the internet is true. Check your sources, people. Look at the link, read the whole article, fact check it to other sources of REAL media. And no, Rebel Circus, The Onion, and React 365, Liberal News, Conservative News, and many others are not real media. In fact, here is a list of websites that people THINK are real news…
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