“Fake News” Prompt
November 12, 2018
The term “fake news” itself originates from authoritarian governments, and has historically been used to silence reporting in favor of state media (media outlets that are run, monitored, and filtered by governments, often at the expense of reporting truth). The term was popularized by President Donald Trump in the United States. While it was originally used to reference entirely fabricated advertising, it is now being used by the president as a term for polls or media articles that show him in an unfavorable light.
How do we recognize the shortcomings of our media without resorting to anti-media sentiments, and how do we know when—if ever—the United States should call what its press publishes “fake news”?
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