Fake news sites are sites that exist solely to make money on making up news, here is an article that explains this highly profitable business:
“Some of his Trump stories are true, some are highly slanted and others are totally false, like one this summer reporting that “the Mexican government announced they will close their borders to Americans in the event that Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.” Data compiled by Buzzfeed showed that the story was the third most-trafficked fake story on Facebook from May to July.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/world/europe/fake-news-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-georgia.html
Here is a list of sites that have been proven to fabricate news stories:
“Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, and otherwise questionable ‘news’ organizations that are commonly shared on Facebook and other social media sites,” Zimdars explains. “Many of these websites rely on ‘outrage’ by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.” http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/11/fake-facebook-news-sites-to-avoid.html
AmericanNews.com - Published a false story claiming actor Denzel Washington endorsed Donald Trump for president. The…en.wikipedia.org
- election; the fake story rose to the top in searches for “final election results” on Google News.
- ABCnews.com.co — mimics the URL, design and logo of ABC News. Owned by Jestin Coler.
- Activist Post
- AmericanNews.com — Published a false story claiming actor Denzel Washington endorsed Donald Trump for president. The fictional headline attracted led to thousands of people sharing it on Facebook, a prominent example of fake news spreading on the social network prior to the 2016 presidential election.
- Associated Media Coverage
- Before It’s News
- Conservativefrontline.com — Owned by Jestin Coler
- Daily Buzz Live
- Denverguardian.com — Owned by Jestin Coler
- Disclose TV
- DrudgeReport.com.co — Owned by Jestin Coler (mimics the name of the Drudge Report)
- Empire Herald
- Empire News.net
- Empire Sports News
- Firebrandleft.com — Owned by Jestin Coler
- Global Associated News
- Indecision Forever
- Internationalreport.net — Owned by Jestin Coler
- Liberty Writers News — established in 2015 by Paris Wade and Ben Goldman, who told the Washington Post their stories focus on “violence and chaos and aggressive wording” to attract readers. The stories reflect the positions of supporters of Donald Trump.
- Naha Daily
- National Report — Founder Jestin Coler told Columbia Journalism Review “When it comes to the fake stuff, you really want it to be red meat. […] It doesn’t have to be offensive. It doesn’t have to be outrageous. It doesn’t have to be anything other than just giving them what they already wanted to hear.”
- Natural News (formerly NewsTarget) is a website for the sale of various dietary supplements, promotion of alternative medicine, controversial nutrition and health claims, and various conspiracy theories, such as “chemtrails”, chemophobic claims (including the purported dangers of fluoride in drinking water, anti-perspirants, laundry detergent, monosodium glutamate, aspartame), and purported health problems caused by allegedly “toxic” ingredients in vaccines, including the now-discredited link to autism.
- Nevada County Scooper
- News Examiner
- NewsBuzz Daily
- NewsWatch28 or NewsWatch33
- Prntly was described by Snopes as “a disreputable outlet that has a penchant for publishing both fake news and spurious pro-Trump articles.”
- React 365
- Satira Tribune
- The News Nerd
- The Reporterz
- The Stately Harold
- usatoday.com.co — Owned by Jestin Coler
- unitedmediapublishing.com — Owned by Jestin Coler
- washingtonpost.com.co — Originally registered by Jestin Coler
- World News Daily Report
- World Truth TV
“For example, the top Google news link for “final election results” on Monday was from a fake-news site called “70 News” which “reported” that Donald Trump had won both the electoral and popular vote. As the Washington Post points out, that’s simply not true.
Complicating matters are the plethora of left- and right-leaning propaganda sites out there, deliberately spreading misinformation in order to appeal to certain groups. Satire sites like The Onion and The Borowitz Report are one thing; sites that promote hoaxes for click-bait or play to people’s deepest fears are quite another.
“Fake facts circulate on social media to a frightening extent… There is now a whole cottage industry specializing in hyper-partisan, sometimes wildly distorted clickbait,” Oliver explained.”
Maureen Dowd is an opinion columnist for the New York Times. What she said to Couric was her opinion, not a fact.