Fake News

Increasing attacks on media sparks discussion

by Noah Merrell | Design Director

With President Donald Trump battling the press and throwing around the phrase “fake news,” students at Butler Community College and people nationwide are left wondering which party is right and what exactly makes news “fake.”

“I have no idea how to check to see if something is fake news,” freshman Delaney Dold says.

She also says that although she does not know how to check to see if the news is real, she does think Trump’s attack on the media is only because of negative coverage he does not like.

“I feel like he cares too much about what people think of him,” Dold said. “I mean, as president, you are in the public eye, so you are constantly hearing people’s opinions.”

“Fake News” is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as false stories that appear to be news, spread on the Internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke.

This means “fake news” can range from anything like parody news accounts (The Onion) or if you share the same beliefs as Trump, the mainstream media like CNN and The New York Times.

Trump has attempted to make his own news source that is promised to be only “real news.”

Trump’s news station was produced at Trump Towers and can be found on his website and on Facebook.

“Trump TV” was shared with more than 22 million Facebook page followers and on Twitter.

The station was criticized by many, including Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, who tweeted that the video felt like “state-owned channels.”

With the line between real and fake news becoming more blurred, some schools have even begun teaching about fake news.

According to Yalda Uhls of Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit working on improving media literacy, in 2017 four states passed media literacy legislation: Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Washington.

Some students at Butler think classes like this would be beneficial.

“I am interested [in taking a class on fake news]. I want to know what makes something ‘fake news,’” freshman Kassidy Redington says. “I am gullible, so I read stories and I am always like, ‘oh my gosh that happened.’”

With fake news not coming to an end anytime soon, it seems all people can do to not be fooled is to get informed.


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