Here’s all the fake news that’s fit to print for this week:
- Karen Tumulty at the Washington Post makes a case that the biggest fake news is that of Donald Trump’s alleged wealth – which, the New York Times‘ release of ten years worth of tax returns makes clear, is purely illusionary. She makes the point that the media has played along with Trump and his claims of business acumen and wealth for decades, and that’s more fake than anything the president claims the press today is publishing. Read it here.
- Ali Breland at Mother Jones reports on how click-bait websites are generating huge revenues by publishing all manner of sensationalistic fake news stories. It’s all in a new report by Global Disinformation Index, a coalition formed to evaluate disinformation and its impact. GDI’s executive director, Clare Melford, puts it this way: “Disinformation actors are gaming the online advertising system for a quick dollar. A system developed to help advertisers reach their audiences more effectively is being abused for money by those who want to disinform.” Read more about it here.
- Have you seen this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? It claims that climate change is a “made-up catastrophe used by globalists & socialists to instill fear and guilt to tax, regulate, and remove our freedoms while pretending to be saving the planet.” The problem is, climate change isn’t made up, it’s real, and there’s no evidence that “globalists and socialists,” whomever they are, are using it to “remove our freedoms” or do anything else similarly nefarious. It’s a misleading meme based on fake news. Read about it at FactCheck.org.
- Here’s another bit of fake news making the rounds on social media. This one claims that much-maligned Minnesota Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted the question, “If Israel is so innocent, then why do they insist on being Jews?” Well, she didn’t, so that’s that. Just more malicious made-up news. this one based on a supposedly humorous “article” on the satirical Babylon Bee website. Some folks, apparently, cannot tell satire, whatever its intent, from reality. Here’s the original piece and here’s the real story from Snopes.