Fake News: What's the Real Story - Randall Mikkelsen August 29, 2017
Phenomenon of fake news, and what we as news
consumers can do about it.
Changes in the news industry, politics and news
Wide range of misleading news.
How to evaluate news and fight fake news.
Fake news, and news media credibility are
not new issues
Continuum: propaganda, hype,
bias. What’s in common?They mislead
Different from rhetoric, persuasion
Different from erroneous
What is Fake
• Deliberately false
• Spread via social
• Not just politics,
“The most-read news articles are usually the ones containing the click-
bait words," Dimitri says. “The click bait words, as you know, are,
'Oh my god, breaking news, wow.‘”
“Say you produce ten lies a day, [the audience] is not going to
believe ten lies, they are going to believe probably
one or maximum two," he says. “Usually the lies about [Clinton's]
emails and the lies about Hillary. The anti-Hillary posts were really good.”
Dimitri, 17, VELES, Macedonia - "Fake News: How a Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing
Lies, NBC news")
Fake news and more
Website Labels for OpenSources.co:
FROMTHE EDITORS;TheTimes and Iraq
MAY 26, 2004
“But we have found a number of instances of coverage
that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some
cases, information that was controversial then, and
seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or
allowed to stand unchallenged. Looking back, we wish
we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims
as new evidence emerged -- or failed to emerge.”
“Information, especially of a biased or
misleading nature, used to promote or
publicize a particular political cause or point
Who published it ?
URL: Brand, com.co, newslo, politicot.com
Who wrote it?
Is it the original story?
Is the headline supported?What are the quotes?
How are facts attributed?
Are there named sources?
Correct news style?
Balance – does it acknowledge another viewpoint?