The Pros And Cons Of Fake News

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“I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news.” This is the now infamous response from President Donald Trump during his first press conference since taking office when asked “Sir, can you give us a chance to ask a question?” by CNN reporter Jim Acosta (Johnson, 2017). President Trump’s dismissal of Accosta sparked the colloquial usage of the term “fake news,” a phrase the current president uses to lambaste media sources who report stories that do not present a favorable impression of his presidency. However, true “fake news,” has existed for far longer than Donald Trump’s presidency and includes three main types: satire, biased reporting, and deliberate misinformation. Fake news has grown in quantity and now Americans across the country are expressing concerns about not being able to trust media sources once considered honest and reputable, along with having trouble distinguishing between real and fake news. Companies have varied motives for creating fake news. Satirical news sites such as The Onion are often meant to serve as humorous jabs at the current news cycle while one-sided sources seek to persuade the reader of a philosophical idea or political agenda by excluding facts and cherry picking data. Deliberately deceitful news sources are often meant to influence readers to buy into a product, mindset, or even to gain “hits” for a website by telling an outlandish story, allowing that site to receive advertising money after a story reaches a certain amount
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