According to Snopes, Fake News Is Not the Problem
Jessi Hempel
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I appreciate Snopes but don’t say that fake stories are not the problem. It’s been estimated that 44% of adults get their “news” from Facebook. So fake stories appearing on such sites ARE a huge problem and Facebook and Google and all other social media sites SHOULD do whatever they can to stop these fake stories. Trump won because so many gullible people are too lazy or unwilling to fact check stories that they see on social media and believed those fake stories, as evidenced by comments I see from Trump supporters calling Hillary a pedophile and other such nonsense. And yes, mainstream media is also to blame because ever since many of them have started to provide their news online, they need to get “clicks” to justify their existence and to make money. So they have spread fake stories or they write an eye-catching headline which often is very different from the story itself. Real journalism which is supposed to be about reporting facts objectively is dying and sensationalism and tabloid garbage is taking its place. It also doesn’t help that someone like Rupert Murdoch — billionaire buddy of Trump-owns News Corp. which owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and about 100 other media sites or publications. The New York Observer is owned by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. So when Trump said that the media is rigged, true — rigged for him.

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