Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Style by Paul Farhi by Paul Farhi Email the author April 10 at 6:18 PM Email the author The nation’s largest owner of TV stations has mounted an unusual video attack on CNN for what it calls “dishonesty and hypocrisy” in the cable giant’s coverage of the company’s widely panned news promotions. Stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group on Tuesday began posting on their websites a corporate-produced video that challenges CNN’s reporting on Sinclair’s controversial promos — a script, echoing President Trump’s criticism of the mainstream news media, that Sinclair … [Read more...] about Sinclair attacks CNN with video alleging ‘hypocrisy’ in ‘fake news’ debate
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People have been complaining about “fake news” since at least the late 1800s, according to Merriam-Webster. Yet there is something new about our current malaise.In national political and civil discourse, disagreement over facts appears to be greater than ever. In a recent report for the non-partisan RAND Corporation, we call the problem “Truth Decay” and present evidence that the disputes over facts and reasoned analyses of facts are worse today than in previous eras in our nation’s history. More: Trump smeared my son's birthplace in his X-rated rant. Parents need help. More: Trump's not being defamed. If he was, he wouldn't need to change the libel laws. Are major cities experiencing growing or declining violent crime rates? Has widespread illegal voting occurred or is that a bunch of hooey? Do immigrants contribute their fair share to the economy or do they overburden it? These are just a few examples of the fractures … [Read more...] about ‘Fake news’ and ‘Truth Decay’ threaten America. How can we revive respect for facts?
PARIS — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, would be impossible to enforce and is sure to backfire. Macron’s stance “could be just the beginning of actually censoring freedom of speech. We believe it is a very dangerous situation,” Xenia Fedorova, director of RT’s newly launched French-language channel, told The Associated Press. Yet in a world where a falsehood can reach billions instantaneously and political manipulation is increasingly sophisticated, Macron argues something must be done. A congressional report by U.S. Democrats released Thursday detailed apparent Russian efforts to undermine politics in 19 European countries since 2016, using cyberattacks, … [Read more...] about France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma
Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, will be impossible to enforce and is sure to backfire. Macron's stance "could be just the beginning of actually censoring freedom of speech. We believe it is a very dangerous situation," Xenia Fedorova, director of RT's newly launched French-language channel, told The Associated Press. Yet in a world where a falsehood can now reach billions instantaneously, and political manipulation is increasingly sophisticated, Macron argues something must be done. A congressional report by U.S. Democrats released Thursday detailed apparent Russian efforts to undermine politics in 19 European countries since 2016, using cyberattacks, disinformation, clandestine social … [Read more...] about France vs. fake news: An unwinnable battle?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Bernhard Warner January 12, 2018 Massimo Alvisi teaches middle school in Latina, 35 miles southeast of Rome. His seventh graders, like most Italian 12-year-olds, can pick off a map Italy’s principal mountains, rivers, and seas. In history, they learn about the Middle Ages. In literature, they’re reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Since the start of the school year, his students at the Istituto Comprensivo Alessandro Volta — a public school named for the 18th-century Italian physicist who invented the electric battery — grapple with a subject creeping into curriculums in schools from Wellesley, Mass., to the Mediterranean heartland: the dark art of online deception.It’s a lively class. On a Tuesday morning in mid-December, the desks are pulled together to form four hexagonal islands, a formation that reinforces collaboration and … [Read more...] about Teenagers are our best hope in fighting fake news
0 View Gallery View Comments LYNCHBURG, Va. - What do you do when everyone around you thinks the media are "fake news" - and you want to work for the media?That's the question professor Amy Bonebright needs to help her students answer. This is Liberty University, the world's largest evangelical Christian school. Most students come from politically and religiously conservative families and churches inclined not to trust the news - and the university president is Jerry Falwell Jr., a fervent advocate for President Donald Trump, who throws around the term "fake news" to refer to most mainstream media reporting. So when Bonebright teaches a room full of aspiring reporters in her Community Journalism class, she needs to teach them more than how to craft a lede and conduct an interview. "Now, everyone's down on the media," she says to her class. "Maybe you go home over break and see your parents' friends. And they say, 'Remind me what you're studying.'"A nervous giggle rises from … [Read more...] about Aspiring journalists at conservative Liberty University see themselves as antidote to ‘fake news’
In October 2014 I came across a false story that was quickly racking up likes, shares, and comments on Facebook. The article, published on nationalreport.net, claimed an entire town in Texas was quarantined after a family contracted Ebola, and it used a fake quote attributed to someone at a Texas hospital to pass itself off as a real news story. I warned people about what I was seeing: That tweet was one of the first times I publicly used the term “fake news” to refer to completely false information that was created and spread for profit.By then I was running a research project and associated website that tracked and analyzed the spread of misinformation on social media and in the news. I kept encountering sites like nationalreport.net and began calling them and their content “fake news.” It seemed like a natural description; I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. Over time I played a role in helping popularize the term.That was 2014. Here’s … [Read more...] about I Helped Popularize The Term “Fake News” And Now I Cringe Whenever I Hear It
By Maria Anglin Published 4:20 pm, Friday, December 29, 2017 Photo: Andrew Harrer /Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Sinclair Broadcasting is being fined a record amount for failing to disclose that paid content was paid content. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is resisting efforts to increase the fine because to do so, he contends, would be unfair to a conservative broadcaster. less Sinclair Broadcasting is being fined a record amount for failing to disclose that paid content was paid content. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is resisting efforts to increase the ... more Photo: Andrew Harrer /Bloomberg Fines should be imposed for ‘fake news’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery On the Thursday before Christmas, as the world was scrambling to … [Read more...] about Fines should be imposed for ‘fake news’
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to tout achievements from his first year in office and rip "Fake News" and the U.S. Postal Service. Repeating the claim that he is unfairly maligned by mainstream news outlets, the president said his approval rating was "approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009." The president apparently was referring to polling by Rasmussen Reports, which reported an approval rating of 46 percent for Trump on Dec. 28, and 47 percent for former President Barack Obama on the same day in 2009. The president also retweeted a series of posts from Republican politico Charlie Kirk, executive director of Turning Point USA, a conservative political organization for college students. Kirk appeared on Fox Business channel Dec. 22, saying that Trump's accomplishments in his first year have been "truly historic." Departing … [Read more...] about Trump blasts ‘Fake News’ and the Postal Service in morning tweet spree
Nearly half of all Americans believe media outlets fabricate negative stories about President Trump, according to a new survey.Forty-four percent of respondents in the 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey say the media invent “fake news” to make the president look bad.Of that cohort, 24 percent say negative stories about Mr. Trump are made up “about half of the time”; 14 percent “most of the time”; and 6 percent “all of the time.” Seventy-seven percent of that cohort are Trump supporters, and 74 percent are Republicans.The survey found that a substantial minority of Americans, 31 percent, believe the media are the “enemy of the people,” a moniker Mr. Trump assigned to the national press in February. Among Trump supporters, that number is 63 percent.Even more, 25 percent of Americans — and 42 percent of Trump supporters — say the government should “be able to stop a news media outlet from publishing a story that … [Read more...] about ‘Fake News’: Half of all Americans believe the media make up anti-Trump stories