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According to Snopes, Fake News Is Not the Problem

Take it from the internet’s chief myth busters: The problem is the failing media.

Snopes Managing Editor Brooke Binkowski

The day after the election, news began swirling around social media that New York Times columnist David Brooks had called for President-elect Donald Trump’s assassination. Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski had a feeling it was fake. Because, come on now, would a prominent columnist for a reputable news outlet really make that kind of comment?

 

Prepare yourself for less celebrity gossip on Wikipedia.

Editors for the site (who are all volunteers) voted Wednesday to almost entirely ban the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail as a source, calling the publication “generally unreliable.”

The notorious, Hitler-endorsing, Brexit-backing, anti-vaxx, cancer-scare-promoting, compulsively lying, photoshop failing, plagiarizing, M15-creating, hateful, lethally transphobic, Creative Commons misunderstanding, evil, teacher-demonizing, royal-wedding-lying, Melania Trump distressing, racist, grandstanding, pig-fuckery-promoting tabloid will no longer qualify as a “reliable source” for the purposes of Wikipedia citation.

 

LONDON — The term “fake news” feels already like a bad hangover from 2016, when bogus websites published false or hyper-partisan news — such as the conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring inside a Washington D.C. restaurant.

The Guardian – John Naughton – Feb 11, 10:59 PM

The mainstream media can fight back against the poisoning of our public sphere by giving people narratives they can understand

 

 
What are the dos and don’ts of reporting on terrorism and militancy? Take note of these tips when reporting on potentially hazardous groups

Graham Sack had long thought that George Saunders’ work would be perfect for adaptation into virtual reality.

Saunders is most well-known for his short stories, which have won numerous awards. But Sack and Saunders ultimately decided to produce a VR piece based on Saunders’ first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, which has drawn rave reviews ahead of its official Tuesday release.

10 format ideas for short-form audio storytelling

 
Including the ‘everyman’ monologue and the ‘I was there’ recollection
 
The Dutch news website believes the “currency of our medium is readers’ trust and bringing them into the conversation”

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