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US conservatives wave fake news cudgel at MSM

Conservatives in America are now appropriating the term “fake news” to apply to MSM stories they don’t like — such as Russians hacking the election to help Donald Trump.

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Breaking news: Breaking News is to be shut down

It might have 9.4 million followers on Twitter, but according to NBC News, the Breaking News alert app didn’t pull its weight and will be shut down on Dec. 31.

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Thu, December 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Breaking news: Breaking News is to be shut down

Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

Some people once referred to Twitter as the new telegraph. But relative to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, its star has considerably dimmed with digital publishers.

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Conservatives more trout-like than liberals in leaping at fake news

Conservatives love fake news (that’s highly partisan in nature and that attacks their targets) more than liberals. But some researchers say that shouldn’t come as a big surprise and deals with how liberals and conservatives process the world.

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Wed, December 7 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Conservatives more trout-like than liberals in leaping at fake news

Ontario woman involved in promulgating the Pizzagate scandal

Subhed: “Writer disavows responsibility for Sunday’s attack, but passed explosive allegations along.”

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Wed, December 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ontario woman involved in promulgating the Pizzagate scandal

You’re the real fake news, defiant conservatives tell MSM

While fake news appears to have been mostly directed at Donald Trump supporters and other conservatives, those same people are trying to turn the “fake news” phrase into a weapon against the mainstream media.

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Wed, December 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on You’re the real fake news, defiant conservatives tell MSM

Not everything is fake news

Subhed: “Journalists are blurring several problems into one—and making it impossible to solve.” The solution lies in limiting the definition of fake news.

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Tue, December 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Not everything is fake news

Most Americans believe fake news, research finds

Subhed: “An exclusive Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed News found that 75 per cent of American adults who were familiar with a fake news headline viewed the story as accurate.”

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Tue, December 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Most Americans believe fake news, research finds

Fake news led to real attack at Washington pizzeria

An alleged gunman showed up Sunday at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C. to free children caught up in a sex ring operated by Hillary Clinton. Trouble is, there was no sex ring. It was just a fantasy spun by a right-wing fake news site.

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Mon, December 5 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Fake news led to real attack at Washington pizzeria

Which platform didn’t purvey fake news in 2016 election? Snapchat

Snapchat doesn’t have the audience reach of Facebook (although it’s bigger than Twitter), but it does have certain key advantages when it comes to keeping fake news off its app.

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Thu, December 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Which platform didn’t purvey fake news in 2016 election? Snapchat