Week 11 Blog

Throughout the many fake stories listed, I decided to dive into a story regarding Wiki Leaks and Hilary Clinton. Published by The Political Insider, the headline reads “WikiLeaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS … Then drops another bombshell”, as the rest of the article accuses the Clinton camp of actively supplying jihadist extremist with weapons. The story garnered 789,000 social media engagements

Upon further investigation, The Political Insider— who has since taken the story down—  misreported the facts of the original story.

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange commented on a Hilary Clinton led State Department who had approved weapon shipments to Libya in 2011 which landed in the hands of jihadist extremists.

The Political Insider put a terrible spin on an already tough story to report. With close to one million social media engagements, fake news outlets thrive off of pure attention.

This hurts the state of current journalism by creating this notion that most publications have an agenda of creating false stories for more interaction from people. Fake news draws away attention to the real news produced by credible publications. With over 700 thousand engagements online, fake news takes away the perception of real news.

According to Media Shift, there are a handful of tools to help journalist avoid fake news and sources such as The Political Insider. The ability to detect information being promoted by bots is an essential tool mentioned. In this technology driven world, most fake news use the internet as their disguise, blending in with other advertisement, making the distinction tough to the naked eye.

Fake news not only discredits the intelligence of the reader, but also discredits the work of truthful journalist who use trustworthy sources in every story produced. Although putting a complete end to fake news will be difficult, creating news stories with strong sources under credible publications will live on forever.

2 thoughts on “Week 11 Blog”

  1. Mark, I agree with your analysis on fake news, especially when you said that “fake news takes away the perception of real news.” I don’t know how many times that I see people sharing news on Facebook of celebrity death hoaxes and other ridiculous stories. From seeing people post these bizarre stories, I doubted that one of my favorite band’s singer committed suicide because I thought it was just another hoax and I had to look into it a little more and it was true once I saw verified news sources posted it and then the official band posted it a few days later. It’s really sad that nowadays you have to fact-check everything because there are so many fake and satire news sources out there that are getting more attention than the news sources we usually trust.

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  2. Good post Mark. What do you think about it being a necessity today to check the news you read? And can we count on everyone taking the time and opportunity to do that? The story you discussed in your post, depending on how wide spread it got/could get, could even ruin someone’s chances at getting elected into office.

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