- Nov 15, 2019
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- Denver, CO
You didn't point out any bias, you just made an accusation.If you're going to accuse CNN of bias, it's only fair to point out the bias of your preferred media. If you can prove lack of bias, do so.
When you said "the right" don't you mean Trump? That's one person compared to many on the left and in the media that engage in the new age Mccarthyism.Yes, the right doesn't engage in unsavory and unfair tactics at all. Calling unfavorable coverage "fake news," labeling all democrats socialists, and the non-right media as "enemies of the country" is not at all comparable to the "new age McCarthyism" of the left.
And if you're sharing FB posts put there by Russians, you are by definition pushing Russian propaganda. But no one is accusing anyone here of being Russian agents or working with Russia. Come on.
Your post didn't point out any bias either. Just made an accusation. With some other person's tweet of a video that was, frankly, unintelligible.You didn't point out any bias, you just made an accusation.
Now that I think about, your first post didn't even rise to the level of a whataboutism.
I was just trying to show how silly it is to try to get someone to follow your personal made up message board rules.You're going to have to explain how comparisons of media bias are analogous to Trump v. Democrats. If you can, great. If not, quit trying to deflect.
Trump is a pathetic liar who has duped his supporters into giving him the power to use our government to enrich himself and his family.If you are going to criticize Trump then it's only fair that you criticize Democrats.
The same thing happened with the Boston Marathon Bombing. After the fact it was Russian bots that were identified as propagating a false narrative. I can’t remember the details off hand but if you google Russian bots and misinformation Boston Marathon, there are a lot of articles from reputable sources about what happened.There was a striking example of media literacy and fake news that came up in the last few days of the UK general election.
On Sunday, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported a case of a child taken to hospital with suspected pneumonia having to sleep on a pile of coats on the floor as the hospital was overwhelmed. Note that the journalists contacted the hospital before publishing, who confirmed the story, including the lack of a bed for the child. Their confirmation and apology was included in the original reporting.
The story, and photo, then went viral.
And then came the fake news.
A Facebook account posted this: "Very interesting. A good friend of mine is a senior nursing sister at Leeds Hospital – the boy shown on the floor by the media was in fact put there by his mother who then took photos on her mobile phone and uploaded it to media outlets before he climbed back onto his trolley. He was on a hospital trolley in the paediatric [accident and emergency] having been seen within 20 minutes. I am a nurse myself and am so pissed off with fake news, yes the NHS is a mess mainly caused by people misusing it and lack of elderly care. Think of the nurses and Doctors who are doing their jobs instead of constantly slagging them off. another Momentum Propaganda story. Disgraceful."
Bear in mind, there was zero chance of that being true; the original account had already been confirmed by the hospital. But that didn't matter. This false claim, the actual fake news, went viral too. And not just the original Facebook comment. A number of accounts on Facebook and twitter simply reposted the comment as their own, while others posted variations; another viral one was, "I’m a former paediatric A&E and PICU nurse and that child has a style of O2 mask in front of him that requires 6-8l/min to inflate like that. If a child needed that amount of O2 they’d be in resus for proper monitoring. He’d also have a cannula and be propped head up." This was amplified by political candidates and national paper columnists, with thousands of retweets, as screenshotted by this Buzzfeed UK reporter:
Again, there was zero possibility of these facebook and twitter comments being accurate, the story was confirmed by the hospital right from the outset. This was trivial to verify.
But the editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post still found himself being emailed by someone expressing their disappointment in his paper and hoping they'd retract their verified and entirely accurate story:
The editor wrote a great response, which you can read here: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/do-not-believe-a-stranger-on-social-media-who-disappears-into-the-night-an-open-letter-from-our-editor-to-you-1-10147697
In the end, the original poster of the Facebook comment claimed they were hacked and tweets were deleted. But there will still be plenty of people out there who believe the photo wasn't real. And the very real story, which illustrates some very real problems that should be addressed, bubbled up and then drowned in a sea of fake news. It doesn't matter that the fake news is shown to be fake, it still distracts, it still takes the focus, it still destroys the original story.
So. How do we fix this?
I think we do understand it, at least broadly. The possible motivations are political and psychological.So, what was the motivation for the actual fake stories? Why were they created?
I think you have to understand the reasons for a problem before you can begin to figure out how to counteract it.