Here’s all the fake news that’s real this week:
- Given the developing situation in Iran, it is not perhaps surprising to see this old bit of fake news make a resurgence. (It popped in my personal news feed from a right-wing friend of mine.) It’s a fake tweet from a parody account, supposedly by Muslim congressperson Rashida Tlaib, that claims “Americans have spent decades raping and pillaging my people. What goes around comes around.” Don’t be fooled; it’s not real. FactCheck.org has the deets.
- Deepfake videos are on the rise and are going to make it more difficult to distinguish between real and fake news. Bloomberg has the story (and a few examples). Stay woke, bitches.
- President Donald J. Trump is certainly responsible for spreading his share of patently ridiculous conspiracy theories, but you can’t blame him for the fact that they’re spreading. An in-depth report in the Washington Post details how the Republican party has been encouraging the rise of right-wing conspiracy theories; Trump has just been riding (and benefiting) from that wave.
- Despite what some right-wingers believe, there is not a noticeable liberal bias in the mainstream media. Even though reporters themselves might be more liberal than the norm, that does not affect the news they choose to cover. Salon has the story.