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“It’s the biggest crisis facing our democracy, the failing business model of real journalism,” Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri and a longtime critic of fake news, told me on Saturday.

Ms. McCaskill said that “journalism is partly to blame” for being slow to adjust as the internet turned its business model upside down and social media opened the competitive floodgates. “Fake news got way out ahead of them,” she said.

It does not augur well for the future. Martin Baron, the Washington Post executive editor, said when we spoke last week, “If you have a society where people can’t agree on basic facts, how do you have a functioning democracy?”

The cure for fake journalism is an overwhelming dose of good journalism. And how well the news media gets through its postelection hangover will have a lot to do with how the next chapter in the American political story is told.


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Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.


The liberal media literally sees reporting as narrative just as we discussed last week. The phrase "how the American political story is told" should be enough to prove how they see it. It's straight up propaganda, yet they see "fake news" as the problem.

I don't like the fake news sites either. As a historian, I get irritated when I see people I like a respect posting nonsense from these sites. But I get even more irritated when supposedly legitimate news outlets get their facts wrong. Or, even worse, try to disguise punditry as news. They have a million ways to manipulate opinion, and they use all of them all the time. It's a 24/7 all out barrage on our minds. Yet, we're supposed to see fake news as the threat to democracy?

If I were a print reporter, I'd keep that fact to myself at this point. They should see losing their jobs as a plea bargain.

My Mind is Clean
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I'm still struggling with what we're calling "fake news". Onion-ish "Parody" news? National Enquirer-ish "An alien ate my baby" news? Half-truths that have so much spin they're really propaganda? (This last is my own pet peeve. I am mindful that half a truth is also half a lie.)(And I totally agree with, "even worse, try to disguise punditry as news.")

Or...?
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Adam Smithee, on 21 November 2016 - 05:05 PM, said:

I'm still struggling with what we're calling "fake news". Onion-ish "Parody" news? National Enquirer-ish "An alien ate my baby" news? Half-truths that have so much spin they're really propaganda? (This last is my own pet peeve. I am mindful that half a truth is also half a lie.)(And I totally agree with, "even worse, try to disguise punditry as news.") Or...?

On the right, you have sites like Viralliberty and the Conservative Tree House. A dozen others. On the left, it's AddictingInfo and OccupyDemocrats. And the Washington Post. And the New York Times.
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