Fake News for the Week Ending May 6, 2022

There's a lot of news about fake news this week, so let's get to it. The Department of Homeland Security announced a Disinformation Governance Board to counter Russian disinformation as well as misleading information that human smugglers circulate to target migrants hoping to travel to the U.S. Right-wingers immediately criticized the new board, claiming it … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending May 6, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending April 8, 2022

It's a mixed bag of fake news news this week, with the now-normal emphasis on Ukrainian-related disinformation. Here's encouraging news. Readers of my blog or book know that Fox News and other right-wing media are major disseminators of fake news, conspiracy theories, and other forms of disinformation about COVID-19, the 2020 presidential election, and other … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending April 8, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending March 4, 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues full force, providing ample examples of how fake news, propaganda, and disinformation flourish during wartime. In no certain order: The BBC reports on how the Ukrainian invasion is being covered on Russian television -- it's a bit different from the story we're seeing in western media. A country at war … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending March 4, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending February 18, 2022

Fake news isn't limited to just the United States, as was quite evident this week. You've no doubt been reading about the so-called "Freedom Convoy" that's disrupting business in Canada. The group of mildly annoyed truckers have been using their trucks to stall traffic and block the bridge between Windsor and Detroit to protest their … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending February 18, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending February 24, 2022

The U.S. government this week claimed that Russia has elaborate plans for a "false flag" operation designed to justify/initiate an invasion of Ukraine. This operation would involve a fake attack on Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine or against Russia itself and be staged by "crisis actors" accompanied by fabricated video footage full of "graphic scenes of … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending February 24, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending January 21, 2022

Lots of little tidbits regarding fake news this week. They all add up. Who is most likely to spread fake news? Is it the conservatives? Trump supporters? The poorly educated? Just-published research dismisses some of these usual suspects, finding that conservatives and Trump supporters in general are not necessarily fake news spreaders. Instead, the people … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending January 21, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending January 7, 2022

A year ago this week supporters of disgraced former president Donald J. Trump stormed the Capitol Building in what was clearly an attempt to overthrow Congress and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. This Insurrection was fueled by a belief in what has become known as the Big Lie, that Trump didn't lose … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending January 7, 2022