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[liberationtech] Fake News

Carolyn Santo cysanto2 at
Fri Dec 9 03:12:24 PST 2016


I think all journalists should point fake news and/or challenge people 
who make false statements that are disseminated to the public, no matter 
where those statements exist.  I miss old fashioned journalists who 
worked to expose the truth, no matter which political party was involved.

For example, a lot of mainstream media outlets are promoting the idea 
that Jeff Sessions is a racist.  The hosts on news channels do not call 
out people who present a skewed picture of him, notably leaving out his 
history of pursuing the KKK and coordinating with State officials so 
that a white supremacist who murdered a black person would receive the 
death penalty.

Fake or false news is a problem all over, not just on social media.  I'm 
sure that there will be studies coming out as they analyze the election.

Some of the coverage is so slanted I can't even watch certain cable 
channels or read certain websites.

Carolyn Santo

On 12/8/2016 6:51 PM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Anyone know of any academic studies showing that fake (social media) 
> news influenced the 2016 presidential election outcome?
> Thanks,
> Yosem

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