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The Allure of Fake News in America

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Over the past few years, the phrase “fake news” has become a household word in the United States. Like the term “propaganda” during the Cold War era, “fake news” has come to connote the manipulation of the public through misleading or frankly false information. Fake news can be spread by anyone with a Twitter account or Facebook page, making it far too easy for fake news to proliferate. In fact, the mainstream media can even spread fake news, knowingly or not. As beneficial as social media might be to the democratic sharing of information, social media also facilitates fake news. One of the reasons why fake news has an allure is prior exposure. When a person reads a story that resonates with them, they tend to believe that story to be true without going through the process of fact checking or verification. The phenomenon of confirmation bias ensures that individuals…… [Read More]


Becker, B.W. (2016). The librarian’s information war. Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian 35(4):188-191. DOI: 10.1080/01639269.2016.1284525

Borchers, C. (2017). How to squash fake news without trampling free speech. The Washington Post. Oct 12, 2017.

“Facebook Has a New Plan to Curb \\'Fake News\\'” (2017). Fortune.

Heshmat, S. (2015). What is confirmation bias? Psychology Today. 23 April, 2015.

Kiely, E. (2018). Trump’s phony ‘fake news’ claims.

Nossel, S. (2017). The pro-free speech way to fight fake news. Foreign Policy. 12 Oct, 2017.

Papanastasiou, Y. (2017). Fake news propagation and detection.

Pennycook, G., Cannon, T.G. & Rand, D.G. (2017). Implausibility and illusory truth.

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Left vs Right John Oliver Fake News and Sinclair Broadcast Group Merger

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Fake News: John Oliver and Sinclair Broadcast Group
Comedian John Oliver did a segment on Sinclair Broadcast Group, essentially asserting that the television behemoth had a conservative bias, which slanted news towards falsehoods and non-facts. Oliver’s criticisms of Sinclair arose during a time when the broadcast group was close to sealing the deal on a merger with Tribune Media, a deal which was worth just under $4 billion and which would have a significant impact in the consolidation of local television networks. This is the event that caused so much of the controversy, as some political commentators seemed to think this would cause alt-right messaging in local news profiles, whereas others dismissed it as a business as usual.
Oliver used his platform on his weekly HBO show to assert that the predominantly right-wing prejudice that Sinclair demonstrated, which he said rivaled that Fox News and Breitbart, was often riddled with…… [Read More]

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Breland, A. \\"John Oliver Hits Sinclair Broadcast Group for Conservative Bias.\\" TheHill, 3 July 2017, medias-conservative-slant.

Fessler, L. \\"John Oliver\\'s Last Week Tonight Exposes the Conservative Media Takeover of Local News — Quartz.\\" Quartz, 3 July 2017, last-week-tonight-exposes-the-conservative-media-takeover-of-local-news/. Accessed 28 Sept. 2017.

Locker, M. \\"John Oliver: Dangers of Corporations Taking Over Local News |\\" TIME | Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates, 2 July 2017, Accessed 28 Sept. 2017.

National Memo. \\"#EndorseThis: John Oliver Reveals Invasive Idiocy Of Sinclair Broadcast Group.\\" The National Memo, 5 July 2017, Accessed 28 Sept. 2017.

Smith, K. \\"John Oliver & Sinclair Broadcast Group: Calm Down, John.\\" National Review, 6 July 2017, sinclair-broadcast-group. Accessed 28 Sept. 2017.


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Fake News

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Fake News
One of Donald Trump’s common terms or catch phrases when he rants and raves on social media would happen to be “fake news”.  This pejorative is commonly aimed at news outlets like CNN and other media outlets that cover him, fairly or not. CNN et al commonly recoils and reacts to that term in very negative and reflexive ways. There is some truth to what Trump says about the media, at least in some instances. However, to suggest that lies and deceit are the only problem in the news media and/or that it is only limited to CNN or the anti-GOP side of the argument is simply not true. While the media has some issues and propaganda is indeed a problem on the social media sphere, “fake news” is far from being the only one and politicians have their own faults and flaws.


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Ha, Jae Sik, et al. "Selective Exposure to Partisan Media: Moderating Factors in Evaluations of the President." The Social Science Journal, 17 May 2017. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2017.05.003.

Klein, David O. and Joshua R. Wueller. "Fake News: A Legal Perspective." Journal of Internet Law, vol. 20, no. 10, Apr. 2017, pp. 1-13. EBSCOhost.

Miller, Emily. "Opinion | In Defense of Sarah Huckabee Sanders." Washington Post. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Dec. 2017.

Phillips, Amber. "Analysis | 5 Very Real Scenarios That Could Lead to A Government Shutdown." Washington Post. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Dec. 2017.

Scarry, Eddie. "Sexual Harassment Scandals Are Blowing Up the Media." Washington Examiner. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Dec. 2017.

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Breibart News and Salon com Reporting of Robert E Lee Statue Removal

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Analysis of Reporting of the Removal of the Robert E. Lee Statue by the Breibart News Newtwork and
With the proliferation of the internet, social media, and mobile technology, access to information today is far much easier than it has ever been in human history. From any corner of the globe, information can now be received and disseminated on a real time basis. Nonetheless, identifying the truth from lies has increasingly become difficult in the wake of the digital revolution. With a plethora of online platforms offering news as events happen, propagating falsehoods has become as simple as retweeting a tweet or sharing a Facebook post. The removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of the events that have been the subject of reporting in online news platforms. Based on three articles from the Breibart News Network and three articles from relating to…… [Read More]

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Frampton, Ben. “Clickbait: The Changing Face of Online Journalism.” BBC News. BBC News, 14 Sep. 2015. Web. 8 Nov. 2017.

Ransohoff, David F. and Richard M. Ransohoff. “Sensationalism in the Media: When Scientists and Journalists May Be Complicit Collaborators.” Effective Clinical Practice 4.4 (2001): 185-188.

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, 2016.

Vognar, David. “How Important is Culture in Shaping Our Behavior?” Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 1 Aug. 2012. Web. 8 Nov. 2017.

Yu, Qiufen. “Understanding the Impact of Culture on Interpretation: A Relevance Theoretic Perspective. Intercultural Communication Studies 33.3 (2014): 83-102.