The Real Problem With Fake News
The first time I ever saw fake news was on my Facebook timeline a few years ago. It was something trivial like a sports trade that had been completed. I remember being so shocked by the news I didn’t even bother reading it I just instantly shared it. This was the start of a problem that has gotten more serious than fake sports trades. The substance of some of these articles are involving more and more serious topics that the reader has to sift through to make sure what they are reading is valid. This practice has been a growing problem in this country as there is a growing fear of spreading fake news, but there is another problem that has surfaced that many people may not realize yet. This new problem has emerged over the last year, as people are using the problem of “fake news” to discredit the media. This includes most recently our newly elected president of the United States Donald Trump. This problem is worrisome as the more discredited the media becomes the less informed the general public will be. Be sure to watch the video from Trump’s press conference provided by the Washington Post on the link provided. It shows the dangers of this term fake news as an authority figure is attempting to use this term to dismiss stories about his administration that he does not like.
“I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media”- Donald Trump
“The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake”- Donald Trump
HOW TO FIND FAKE NEWS
So how do we know what to believe anymore? Well the problem is definitely getting more publicity than it should as it as not as prevalent is you would think by all of the attention it has been getting recently. Although widespread fake news is not the epidemic that the current presidential administration claims, that doesn’t mean that you should not know what to look for when you are reading a news article to catch fake news. Here is a simple crash course on what to look for when reading articles and what to do if you think you have come across fake news.
WHY IS THE MEDIA IMPORTANT?
Today the media serves as an informal part of the political checks and balances that our country has in place. It keeps people in power in check by being an extension of the American people’s voices while they are in office. Much like lawmakers are the voice of their constituents that they represent in the legislature, the media asks the questions that the public wants to know or needs to know. In order to make the most informed decisions and to make the gears of the democratic machine keep churning media is essential to the system. This is why monitoring for the real story and being informed in today’s society is important. When the Presidential administration decides to attack the media as the administration is under scrutiny, it is up to the general public to be aware of where the truth lies.