Fake News for the Week Ending November 15, 2019

Fake news news this week includes: A Snopes investigation reveals that a web of fake profiles and groups is building a "pro-Trump empire" on Facebook. Fascinating and scary stuff. Also from Snopes: no, that offer you saw on Facebook about a free 24-pack of Bud Light isn't true. Just more fake news, sorry, totally debunked. … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending November 15, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending November 8, 2019

Here's what's up this week: Business Insider reports that non-profit group Avaaz has listed the "10 Most-Viewed Fake News Stories on Facebook in 2019." You've probably seen a few of these, and we've featured some here on this blog. All that said, I take issue with the #1 entry, "Trump’s grandfather was a pimp and … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending November 8, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending November 1, 2019

Can you believe this stuff? Here's what's up this week: There's lots of hubbub around the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with right-wingers claiming the mainstream media too easily dismissed it. This led to this meme that claims that CNN reported the killing as "Trump Killed Unarmed Father of Three." Well, CNN didn't … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending November 1, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending October 25, 2019

Let's get right to it: President Donald J. Trump apparently pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to appear on American television and act out a fake news script prepared by Trump's aides. We're not making this up, folks. (Although Trump and his staff apparently are.) The Intercept has the scoop, based on closed-toor testimony by former U.S. ambassador … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending October 25, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending October 18, 2019

Let's get to it: No, Thomas Jefferson did not say "The government will one day be corrupt and filled with liars, and the people will flock to the one who tells the truth," in an apparent premonition of support for President Trump. FactCheck.org can't track down who originally wrote those words, but it definitely wasn't Jefferson. … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending October 18, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending October 11, 2019

The blog took last week off so there's lots of catching up to do in the world of fake news news, starting with: It was bound to happen. The Oxford English Dictionary just added an entry for the term "fake news." Other new entries include "slam-dunk," "promposal," and "circle jerk." Here's OED's tweet: A notable entry … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending October 11, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending September 27, 2019

What's real in fake news this week? Take a gander: In a blow for those fighting the spread fake news and hoping for more truth-based pubic discourse, Facebook announced this week that it will not regulate information from politicians on its website. (MediaPost reports on it here.) This means that your favorite politicians are free to … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending September 27, 2019