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 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

Fake News for the Week Ending December 17, 2021

There's a lot of behind-the-scenes news about fake news this week, so let's jump right in. Remember the QAnon-flavored conspiracy theory that online home goods retailer Wayfair was somehow involved in child sex trafficking? The Washington Post does a deep dive into how that entire thing developed, starting with a Wayfair listing for a throw … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending December 17, 2021

Fake News for the Week Ending December 3, 2021

This is the week that Omicron forced its way into our collective consciousness. We will look back on this a year from now as either something portentous or a big nothing. (Hope it's the latter!) Now onto the fake news of the week... Speaking of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, Ronny Jackson, former White House physician … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending December 3, 2021

Fake News for the Week Ending November 5, 2021

QAnon conspiracy theories, anti-vaccination disinformation, and anti-democratic propaganda -- fake news marches on. On Election Day, hundreds of QAnon conspiracy believers gathered in Dallas' Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated almost sixty years ago. They were hoping to see the return of JFK's son, John F. Kennedy Jr., who they believe will … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending November 5, 2021