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Journalists' Main Goal for 2017 is to Produce Fake News

So it seems, at least at some media orgs.

The problem is that many journalists use their filter bubble on Media Twitter to share bogus stories, produced by allegedly acceptable media orgs. The Media Twitter echo chamber is part of the fake news problem because journalists don't hesitate to wonder if the story is true. It's easier to read a headline and share it because the assumption is that it must be true because source. This is lazy and irresponsible behavior for all journalists involved.

The only journalist that I like to read regularly is Glenn Greenwald who writes at TheIntercept.com. While at The Guardian, Greenwald published the Snowden documents about the NSA's surveillance.

The Intercept is my favorite website to read for news and stories that are not locally-focused on Toledo. For local news and info, I rely on the Toledo Blade's local news RSS feed. For techy stuff, I peruse Hacker News. Then I access personal websites of people I enjoy reading, and these publishers cover a wide variety of interests that appeal to me, such as farming, programming, design, food, nature, and crocheting.

After the November 2016 presidential election, the media's favorite topic to cover was fake news. In 2017, it seems that if media orgs cannot beat the fake news producers, then maybe it's time to join them.

Over the past two months, the media/journalists have done a lot of whining about Facebook's fake news problem and fake news in general. But the allegedly acceptable media has its own fake news issues. The media should focus on its own houses first.

Jan 4, 2017 - The Intercept - WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived

created on Jan 11, 2017

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