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 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 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 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 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

Fake News for the Week Ending October 15, 2021

Conspiracy theories and those who believe in them have always been with us. In years past there have been groups of people who believed that Freemasons ruled the world, the Holocaust didn't happen, aliens crashed in Roswell, fluoride was added to our water supply as part of a Communist plot to weaken the populace, John … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending October 15, 2021

Fake News for the Week Ending August 20, 2021

Fake news, disinformation, and conspiracy theories continue to steamroll across the country. Here are the most notable instances from the past week. Belief in COVID-related conspiracies is contributing to a growing amount of conflict throughout our society. Opposition to both masking and vaccines is taking over debates at school board and city council meetings across … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending August 20, 2021