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Fake News Bias

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Fake News Media outlets, specifically referring to televised news station, should avoid having a bias in order to stay neutral and deliver factual news to their audience. Due to the large amount of research done, we are presented with more than enough information regarding specific news outlets, such as CNN or Fox News, and the amount of bias that is presented in their broadcasts. One of the largest issues caused by bias in the media is fake news and or the spread of false stories in events such as the 2016 US presidential election, which ultimately raised many concerns and resulted in large amounts of negative circulation through social media. Fake news refers to false information or propaganda published under the guise of being authentic…show more content…
It is imperative for people to be knowledgeable on the sources they are looking at. Hearing or receiving fake news can largely impede one’s decision in a negative way. YouTube celebrity Tom Mabe pranked his wife with fake news and it ended up backfiring on him. Tom Mabe got a fake lottery ticket for his wife and played a fake news cast in order to prank his wife into believing that she won the lottery. The news caster reveled the winning numbers and when his wife heard the numbers, she was ecstatic. She was so ecstatic about the lottery prize, thinking she had won, that she told him she wanted to file for divorce because she has the money to “pay for the legal fees and be able to purchase another home and [their] kids will not have to worry” (Mabe). Tom Mabe was shocked and confused not realizing she had felt that way. It then turned out that she saw the cameras and turned the prank back on him attempting to lie about wanting a divorce. The example of Tom Mabe was to show how fake news can change one’s perspective or thought, ultimately resulting in a more often than none, a negative outcome or…show more content…
Watt states that today’s society, “the spread of fake news poses a health risk to Western democracies” (Watts). Watts compared consuming junk news, too much like eating junk food that it feels good when it is eaten (Watts). He says what if “you only craved cookies and stopped eating nutritious foods. A quick glance at the “Nutrition Facts” on your favorite cookie’s wrapper explained your weight gain” (Watts). Watts explains that the cookie addiction created a health risk, and that if “you wanted to lower your health risk, you could do it by eating fewer cookies and treating your addiction” (Watts). Social media platforms act almost the same way by feeding news addictions through curated streams that match certain preferences (Watts). Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and many others were social platforms were designed to share content between friends and increase engagement with that content through discussion (Watts). Those sites help play to the different biases and preferences of the reader, further more confirming their viewpoints thus reinforcing their comfortable political positions by feeding news addictions through streams that match the reader’s
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