Fake News for the Week Ending November 22, 2019

Here we go: This is an older one, but it kept popping up in my Facebook feed this week. (I apparently have gullible Facebook "friends.") No, George Soros' son isn't married to Adam Schiff's sister. PolitiFact does the usual debunking. Nor, for that matter, is it true that President Trump is abusing over-the-counter stimulants, as … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending November 22, 2019

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 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