Fake News for the Week Ending August 6, 2021

COVID-related disinformation and vaccine hesitancy keep leading the fake news parade. It continues to amaze me that about a third of the people in this country insist on believing random people on social media rather than the legions of doctors, scientists, and other experts who report the facts that the COVID vaccine is both safe … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending August 6, 2021

Fake News 2020: The Year in Review

As we come to the end of what many consider the worst year in human history (top ten, maybe, but far from the worst, no matter how it may feel), let's take a moment to review the impact that fake news had on society. Long story short: a lot. Conspiracy theories, misinformation, disinformation, hoaxes, propaganda, … Continue reading Fake News 2020: The Year in Review

Fake News for the Week Ending October 2, 2020

If 2020 were a movie, the screenwriter would be fired for writing such an outlandish, ridiculous, unbelievable script. The latest development, just hours old as I write this, is the news that President Donald J. Trump has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. How this affects the campaign and upcoming election remains to be seen, … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending October 2, 2020

Fake News for the Week Ending September 4, 2020

It's Labor Day weekend, but fake news is not taking a holiday. Russia is hard at work to disrupt the upcoming elections with all manner of disinformation and fake news. This week both Facebook and Twitter removed multiple accounts linked to Russian state actors who tried to spread false stories about racial justice, the Democratic … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending September 4, 2020

Fake News for the Week Ending July 24, 2020

I am tired of all the cries of "hoax" and "fake news" around the very real facts and recommendations from scientists and other experts regarding wearing masks and fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. My fake news choices this week probably reflect that, to some degree. Let's start with President Donald J. Trump and an interview he … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending July 24, 2020

Fake News for the Week Ending July 17, 2020

What did John Lennon know about fake news? "Nothing is real," he wrote in "Strawberry Fields Forever," and sometimes it seems that is true. Oliver Taylor is a twenty-something student at Britain's University of Birmingham. He's a coffee lover and politics junkie who was raised in a traditional Jewish home. He writes editorials and blog … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending July 17, 2020

Fake News for the Week Ending June 26, 2020

Here's all the fake news that's not fit to print... Apparently exposure to Sean Hannity can be deadly. According to experts, misinformation spread by Fox News and other conservative media "may have intensified the severity" of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three different studies "paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending June 26, 2020

Fake News for the Week Ending December 13, 2019

Here's the real news about fake news this week: Donald Trump has done a lot of questionable things in his three years as president, but he did not pardon Charles Manson, despite what alleged Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson thinks. Snopes does the debunking. Deepfake videos are a problem not just for politicians but also … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending December 13, 2019