‘Fake news’ term abused by Trump, United States Democrats

This video from the USA says about itself:

Fox News Gets Busted Again & Again

6 May 2013

Fox getting busted using fake video footage, doctored photos and misleading stats.

From The Week in the USA today:

Man who helped popularize the term ‘fake news‘ says it has been ‘twisted into a partisan cudgel

BuzzFeed News media editor Craig Silverman began using the phrase “fake news” in 2014 in reference to the spread of misinformation online. But looking back at how President Trump and his supporters seized upon the term, Silverman writes that “I should have realized that any person, idea, or phrase — however neutral in its intention — could be twisted into a partisan cudgel.”

Silverman’s research originally began as a criticism of the lack of transparency at mainstream media publications. He additionally studied instances of hoaxes, viral tweets, and the rise of false news stories. “But after the 2016 election, shocked U.S. Democrats, looking for explanations, adopted the concept as an easy answer to the puzzle of Donald Trump’s election“, Silverman writes for BuzzFeed News. “And in response, Trump and his supporters saw the term as a threat and an insult — and a weapon.”

Silverman adds that the phenomenon he set out to research has become a “sidebar in the discussion” and that by making “fake news” a politicized topic, our “ability to confront it” has been jeopardized.

For several months we’ve been hearing a crescendo of outcries that Russia used social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The claim has now been debunked by an unlikely source — one of the most Russiagate-frenzied big media outlets in the United States, the Washington Post: here.

First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plan to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in the Name of Stopping “Fake News”: here: here.

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