Fake news is the buzz on the street these days.
What’s the big deal? Fake news has been around for a long time. Mao, China and propaganda – fake news. Posting on social media that is unsubstantiated or a little over-exaggerated – fake news. Newspapers reporting with political or economical bias – fake news. Advertising – fake news. Women’s magazines with their airbrushing of models – fake news. Gossip magazines – fake news.
The difference is that now we are openly calling some news fake. And that some political leaders have jumped on the bandwagon.
Confusion surrounds the difference between fake news and satire. Some define the difference as being that fake news exists only as click bait. But, good satire would be click bait also. Satire is not meant to be believed. Neither is fake news.
Fake news is usually borderline outlandish and provides enough clues for the astute reader to know that it is not real.
Political bias – fake news?
All subjective news is fake news to some extent. There are very few politically-unbiased newspapers.
Even the term “Fake News” is subjective and is being used by to discredit mainstream media views. Perhaps this is what lead the BBC to create a team to investigate fake news and report on its illegitimacy and source.
Real News Becomes Buried
Fake news is at times more popular than real news. Does it matter? We’ve been exposed to political and economic bias in the media since time immemorial and lapped it up without a second thought.