“Hi, it’s Patsy here w/Beto for Texas. Our records indicate that you’re a supporter,” the text message read, purportedly coming from a volunteer for Texas Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke’s campaign.via Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls
British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more “junk” political news over Twitter and Facebook “than all other groups combined”.via Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable Nothing we didn’t know.
All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s journalistic organs. Yes, we knew that finding credible sources could be a harrowing pursuit for the public. Yes, we knew that an increasing portion of the U.S.via Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’
Most of the time, “Fake News” just means “I choose to ignore facts I do not like”
On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call. According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat. “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F — k you, f — king ni—rs.via ‘Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down’: Mich. man arrested for threatening to attack CNN hosts
Where do you think he got the idea that CNN is Fake News? This story didn’t get the coverage it needed.
Though Marlow concedes that Breitbart made coverage decisions around protecting Trump, before the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, Breitbart had been hammering the news media and Hollywood for supposedly protecting individuals like Harvey Weinstein.via The American Conservative: Editor Admits Breitbart Publishes Fake News
This should have been a bigger story.
Facebook to citizens: it’s crazy to think fake news on Facebook influenced people.
Facebook to advertisers: we will help you influence people. We have invested billions to help maximize your influence. Our business is built around this.
At this point Fox news should be viewed at state media in an autocratic regime.
This is what Fake News looks like.
Thankfully, no one was hurt. But you may have heard that a man from Salisbury, North Carolina, Edgar Maddison Welch, shot up a pizza joint in Washington, DC today in an effort to ‘investigate’ the “Pizza Gate” conspiracy theory. What on earth is Pizza Gate, you may ask? It’s a Reddit-based far right conspiracy theory alleging a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta out of a DC pizza shop. Here’s a tweet tonight from the son of Michael Flynn, the incoming National Security Advisor. Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many “coincidences” tied to it. https://t.co/8HA9y30Yfp — Michael G Flynn🇺🇸 (@mflynnJR) December 5, 2016
(via Fake News Weaponized)
Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.
Wow. But what about #TacoGate? The communist insurgency being run by @mflynnJR out of taco trucks? Until that is proven false it should remain a story.