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No one is calling for censure they are calling for honesty. Fake news is by nature a lie designed to mislead people. Yes people are responsible for what they believe but when presented with a lie that is being touted as truth the misleading stories are the problem not the person who is believing it. That person has placed an element of trust in journalism because mostly it is credible. Historically we can trust the content of media whether it's a news paper or magazine or the news on CNN. We've trusted these venues to keep us informed and the need for honesty in journalism has got to be a priority.
No one gains from a fake news story. And honestly not everyone will have the ability to discern the truth from fiction because not everybody is smart enough. Simple fact...there are people who will be targeted because they lack the intelligence to know the difference.
Fake news doesn't help those people either and they should be protected because they just can't tell the difference.
On the other hand, those of us who aren't complete gullible idiots have a responsibility to try and help those who are
originally posted by: ErrorErrorError
originally posted by: Pyle
"Fake news" as in news that has no facts behind it. "Fake news" or news that is false made to scam people into giving ad money by clicking links or to push dis-info to persuade people.
You mean like almost every rightwing blog that has a PayPal donation button ?
originally posted by: loam
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff
If the article is correct in its characterization, it is worrisome given our political climate.
One thing I haven't clearly understood about the left's perspective on this is if they think 'fake' news must be stopped...and they also think Trump is an authoritarian...why hasn't it occurred to them that what they wish for may eventually come back to bite them in the ass?
Am I the only one baffled by this?
originally posted by: loam
(Please note, THIS IS NOT A PIZZAGATE THREAD. While the article is about PizzaGate and yesterday's gunman, this thread is about a federal agency's response to the publication of subject matter it does not want published. In other words, the real subject intended for this thread is a First Amendment one. Please limit your comments to that. Thanks.)
The following article ends with a very curious sentence:
“What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences. I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today, and stop promoting these falsehoods right away,” owner James Alefantis said in a statement today.
The retired general selected by US President-elect Donald Trump as his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, was one of several senior Republicans who circulated the story on social media.
The FBI and police have since instructed the completely unsubstantiated story be removed from sites such as Facebook and Reddit.
That's a curious assertion that I haven't seen published anywhere else yet.
So if the FBI is 'instructing' Facebook and Reddit to remove any mention of pizzagate, is that just really a request or something else? Maybe this is sloppy journalism?
One thing is for sure, the whole 'FAKE' news debate is really changing how our country thinks about the First Amendment, wouldn't you agree?