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Chris Blakey misses the point when he describes “fake news” as “known sites or groups of people who are posting made-up stories to make a profit” and seems to suggest the mainstream media does not do the same.

His statement during the recent COC forum on “fake news”: “This difference between made-up stories and calling legitimate news stories fake has caused confusion among the public” shows his bias in defining the situation.

A “legitimate news story” can also become “fake news” when the author goes beyond stating the facts and interjects his or her own opinion. This type of manipulation of truth has become so common, the public sees it every day.

For example, if the president gives a speech, reporters are (and have been for a long time) going beyond reporting what he said and including comments to get the reader to agree with their political beliefs.

Take almost any national story published today and you can find the exact opposite spin put on it, depending on which news or TV agency reported it.

The public is confused because the situation has gotten so bad that a person does not know whom to trust. I, for one, take major-news-outlet reporting on anything relative to national events with a grain of salt.

Fortunately, today’s technology allows me to see and hear the actual event and make up my own mind.  This will not change until reporters start reporting the news, leave the editorializing to the Opinion section, and regain the public’s trust.

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  • Ron Bischof

    I concur with your observation that Professor Blakey provided poor direction in his comment on news sources, Mr. Ferdman.

    I’m curious if he’d support the news curation proposal I noted in my weekend column.

  • Gil Mertz

    Here’s just a few of the many forms of fake news:

    ABC
    NBC
    CBS
    CNN
    MSNBC
    New York Times
    Washington Post
    USA Today

    • Ron Bischof
      • Gil Mertz

        The Southern Poverty Law Center is beyond despicable. This self-appointed, far-left watchdog group claims anyone that doesn’t fit in their little, ideological box is a hate group. When gay activist Floyd Lee Corkins entered the Family Research Council with 100 rounds of ammunition to murder as many employees as possible, he told police that he got his information about this conservative organization from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • lois eisenberg

    Here’s just one gigantic form of “fake news” Fox News !!!!
    Unequivocally the number one “faker” in the business !!!

  • Ed Shalom

    Fake News: 4 million illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton, and Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower – not only fake news, but sicko symptoms of a dangerously deranged mind. God help America in getting rid of the so-called President before he goes completely insane.

    • Gary Bierend

      So, by your definition “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”, “I remember landing under sniper fire” and “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with,” also qualify as fake news.

      Thanks for clearing that up!

      • lois eisenberg

        “So, by your definition” another “Whataboutism”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump’s wiretap claims: ‘A low, low moment for Washington”
    A low, low, low, disgraceful, appalling, deplorable, unethical, shameful, horrible, fearful,
    unnerving, distressful, unmoral act by donald besides his birther accusations!
    True not fake madness and insanity by a man who is not stable!

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump’s top diplomat Tillerson stays under the radar”
    He is like no other modern secretary of state: He is largely invisible !!
    Another cabinet choice that is going to be an embarrassment to America!

  • lois eisenberg

    “FBI director rejects claim of wiretapping by donald asking the the DOJ to publicity
    repudiate donald’s charges !
    True news not “fake news!”

  • Ed Shalom

    In an act of compassion, Obamacare is being temporarily extended by Democrats to provide psychiatric and anti-suicidal services to the poor delusional people who strove SO HARD on this forum to defend Don Juan Trump beyond all reason, and who finally are starting to recoil in horror, as they recognize they have hitched their wagon to a mass of lying, putrid, and decaying animal flesh. YUCK !!!

  • lois eisenberg

    “I remember landing under sniper fire” and “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.”

    “Mr. Trump’s assertion that former President Obama tapped his phone has consumed the White House, the F.B.I., the Justice Department and the worldwide news media. It is a conspiracy theory that was born on talk radio.” This is laughable !!!

  • lois eisenberg

    “Donald is putting on a great circus show with all his clowns!”
    “Donald’s dangerous strategy is undermining reality!”
    “Reality will get it’s revenge on Donald!”
    “Admit It: Donald is unfit to serve”!
    Donald’s new fury: Total contempt for American Democracy”!
    The spineless Republican’s are becoming Russia’s accomplices”!

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump Reverses Pledge To Mandate U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline or we are not
    going to to build it.”
    “A Direct Beneficiary Is A Russian Oligarch With Close Ties To Vladimir Putin”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Two-thirds of Americans want a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s Russia ties”
    Can hardly wait for this outcome !