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The Media’s Fake News Plot

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…

Thedcgazette.com

70news.wordpress.com

abcnews.com.co
infowars.com

yournewswire.com

worldnewsreport.com

empirenews.net

americannews.com

cbsnews.com.co

channel-7-news.com

cityworldnews.com

conservativebyte.com

civictribune.com

dailybuzzlive.com

dailyheadlines.com

donaldtrumpnews.co

freedomdaily.com

goneleft.com

liberalplug.com

mediamass.net

megynkelly.us

nbc.com.co

newspoliticstoday.com

newsfrompolitics.com

newsleak.co

newsmagazine.com

newswatch28.com

newswatch33.com

politicsusanews.com

readconservatives.news

teaparty.org

the-insider.co

the-usanews.com

trumpvision365.com

tmzworldnews.com

undergroundnewsreport.com

undergroundworldnews.com

usa-radio.com

usadailyinfo.com

usanewspolitics.com

usatoday.com.co

usawatchdog.com

usinfonews.com

washingtonpost.com.co

webdaily.com

And MANY others. A lot of times, if you actually READ the article, it will say at the bottom of the page in very fine, small italics “This is a fake news article.” BUT, because the world we live in is filled with people who skim headlines and jump to conclusions, this contributes to a lot of the reason why “fake news” articles go viral. And most people don’t bother to check their facts and sources of information. And then proceed to call the REAL news articles fake because the actual FAKE news articles are shared so many times that people don’t know who to trust or what to believe anymore.
┬áHere’s an example of what I mean when people throw around the term “fake news” like it’s their job.

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