Rachna Shah
Aug 1, 2017

"Fake News"


The term "fake news" applies not only to American politics but also across the world, most recently, in Germany. According to the BBC, "A fake news blog created by German university researchers found an eager audience among far-right sympathisers who shared racially charged stories."


What are your thoughts on and reactions to this? What can or should be done to limit fake news? Should the government be involved? How do you see 'fake news' in your community?


Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40788032

Cassidy Rodrigues
Aug 6, 2017

I definitely believe "fake news" is a huge issue, but I've felt as though the media favored the left and misconstrued stories to benefit the liberal side of things for awhile, but the recent news about CNN has definitely confirmed this for me. For those that don't know, a CNN producer was recorded as admitting that the stories being published by CNN about Trump's ties to Russia were "mostly bullshit,"among other things, in this video from Project Veritas. Not to mention, after the event, they also claimed a somewhat funny meme tweeted by President Trump "incited violence" and threatened to release the private information of the original creator of the meme. This is just one story out of CNN's shady history, and I'd really love to hear what you guys think of CNN and the other major news outlets. Personally, I focus on news from independent media nowadays because of the obvious bias in mainstream media. What are your favorite media outlets?

Rachna Shah
Aug 6, 2017Edited: Aug 6, 2017

CNN has had several controversies, ranging from its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings to its coverage of Iranian protests.


I do believe that the media leans liberal, and that left media is often viewed as more credible (despite the shady CNN case that you mentioned!). My favorite media outlets are BBC, Reuters, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and the National Review, though I am aware of the bias of the latter three outlets. What are your favorite independent media outlets?

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