Thoughts from Maharrey Head #89: Fake News

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This episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about fake news.

There’s been a lot of talk about “fake news” over the last several months. But what exactly is fake news? Why the sudden obsession with rooting it out? And can we really be sure what we get from so-called “mainstream” sources is “real” news?

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the media, the concept of fake news, and how it’s used to marginalize unapproved opinions.

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2 Responses to “Thoughts from Maharrey Head #89: Fake News”

  1. Bryan W. WhiteApril 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

    I tend to agree with your assessment of the workings of media bias. It’s probably not anything like a conscious conspiracy. On the other hand, legacy media attempts to recapture and consolidate its power over the messages the public receives and trusts, regardless of any fine motivations involved, end up resembling the results of a conscious conspiracy movement.

    But one note in defense of the mainstream media: The MM pretty consistently use “fake news” to mean intentionally faked stories. Conservatives (and Trumps) use “fake news” to attack the credibility of the mainstream media. Both ways of using the term carry some legitimacy, as the White House photo of the New England Patriots helps illustrate.

    • Michael MaharreyApril 23, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

      That’s a good point re: the use of the terms. And hi.

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