6/13/17 – Fake News

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There’s only one kind of fake news.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

We — like every other media outlet — occasionally hear a critic label something “fake news.”  And there are some who call everything they disagree with “fake news.”  Just because you don’t like a fact doesn’t make it fake.  That’s just the way it is.

A recent study revealed something interesting about how people consume information.  When offered ten dollars to read an opinion they disagreed with or offered seven dollars to read an opinion they liked, a majority took less money.  They’d rather consume information that affirms their personal views rather than challenges them.

Still, there is fake news.  The worst of all time goes to the New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief Walter Duranty.  His blatantly false reports in the 1930s covered-up the genocide of millions of Ukrainians by the Soviet Union.  When newspapers ruled the media landscape none influenced more Americans than the New York Times.

History shows what really happened.  Americans were lied to while as many as five million were slaughtered. Today, the New York Times acknowledges Duranty’s false dispatches but refuses to repudiate them.  The Pulitzer Prize Committee chose not to revoke the award given to Duranty for his fake news stories.

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