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 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 July 5, 2019

Happy Independence Day, everybody! Here's the fake news this week: It's starting. We're barely into the 2020 presidential campaign and already the fake garbage is flying. This week it was reported that Patrick Mauldin, a Trump campaign operative, has created a fake Joe Biden website (www.JoeBiden.info) that contains fairly negative coverage of the Democratic presidential … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending July 5, 2019

Fake News for the Week Ending February 22, 2019

Here's what's happening in the very real world of fake news this week: POLITICO reports that the Russians are up to the same type of fake news disinformation campaign that they (allegedly) did in 2016, this time targeted at some of the major Democratic presidential candidates -- Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending February 22, 2019