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Fake News Epidemic


Fake news is any news which is broadcast or printed by the media that misleads the audience about a specific group, person, or action. The audience can be misled in either a negative or positive way. Fake news happens in two ways: (1) when reporters do not check their facts before releasing their news scoop, and (2) by choosing to “kill” a story –that is, not report on an event even though it is news-worthy and important.


By not checking facts, reporters and editors spread harmful gossip. They harm the reputations of individuals and groups. Some examples of this are “hate” crimes that supposedly occurred in the past year or two but really didn’t. This fake news spreads like wildfire, but the retractions and apologies by the news organization often are so insignificant that the general public is unaware of them. Why do reporters not check their facts before reporting? They often “trust” the source. They often have biases that predispose them to believing something bad about someone or some group they disagree with. Sometimes, they want to see a person or group discredited. They know that once negative news is published, that a person’s or group’s reputation can be damaged beyond repair.


By killing a story, crime and corruption and systemic problems are allowed to continue. An example of that happening right now in the United States, is the seemingly ubiquitous sexual violations being reported out of the entertainment industry. It turns out that the mainstream media knew about these incidents and patterns of behavior yet refused to report on them. So, the news is not only that powerful men in Hollywood and New York have been allowed to continue this gross behavior, but that some news organizations saw their connections to these powerful, wealthy men as more important than honest reporting.


Here are links to just a few examples of Fake News.


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  1. 38 Comment(s)

  2.   By aidan gaedecke on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    There are many fake news stories and sometimes they are hard to fish out but some websites are true and can be used.

  3.   By Mia Groves on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    In recent news, it gets easier and easier to find fake news. Quite a few celebrities or people of power have horrible reputations because of this. We definitely need more real, authentic news reports.

  4.   By gabriel bales on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I want to point out that, while the ways that the article pointed out were valid, people also modify news and purposely lie. CNN does this a lot.

  5.   By zak wylde on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I don’t believe news in general. How is it proven fake? MOst news companies are controlled by rich people anyway and can be easily bribed.

  6.   By Samuel Larson on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I believe that is a good thing that we are learning about this in school. Although, I believe that the definition of “Fake News” as posted could have been better refined to convey a better understanding of the topic.

  7.   By coda wood on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I think that reporters need to check there sources before releasing it to the public. if they want to be a great reporter than they need to be carful. and not sharing a story is kind of like taking away the knowledge that people deserve to have.

  8.   By ayla ellis on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    interesting, I don’t think that Shinzo Abe wouldn’t be alright with him doing something like that if it was bad, I think people really overreact

  9.   By Samuel Larson on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    To elaborate more on my previous comment, I believe that a more precise definition for “Fake News” would consist of less complicated wording with better precision of language.

  10.   By Tehya Wiedemeier on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    After reading this article it really goes to show that fake news can be caught just as fast as it can be wrote. It doesn’t matter how much you dislike someone, something, or if you just want to get famous or rich quick, you can and will most likely get caught and hung out to dry with the weight of your newfound humiliation fresh in your mind.

  11.   By dakota moonin on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I don’t understand why people will believe anything that they’re told when there might also be another side to the story.

  12.   By sly on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I think that the news is always twisting and turning things their way to make it seem like things that are fake are actually real. This is very common in celebrity’s and different country’s.

  13.   By Grace Godfrey on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    Fake news does occur, but sometimes the new is real and may be called fake just because it seems outrageous.

  14.   By Emmet Wilkinson on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I think this is a very important topic in the world today. Fake news is something that people might not know that much about and it is important that they do so they can determine the difference between fake and real news. The article was well written and informs us on the two main topics of fake news.

  15.   By carleigh nevak on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    The news always has a different story about what really happened. Just this last week there were some things said on the Anchorage news that wasn’t necessarily true, and that’s usually how it is on any news. There are some things on the news nowadays that you can just tell is fake.

  16.   By Librarian on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I’m unaware of what was said about Anchorage. Can you give specifics?

  17.   By Oriana on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    These articles just remind me of how much people like to blow things out of proportion and put so much energy and time into trying to prove themselves right when really they’re just making it worse, by putting their energy and time into something not only false, but negative too.

  18.   By Anna on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I think fake news is very relevant in this day and age and we need to be aware of it.

  19.   By Josiah Raymond on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I don’t think that believing everything you are told is a smart idea. My math teacher doesn’t let us do most problems without us knowing how it works. I think this is a great idea because then if others ask you have 100% correct proof of how you got your answer or in this case, news. I now know this information and will try my hardest to not believe what I see right away.

  20.   By Harrison Metz on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I think news companies change things to make it more dramatic so they can get more people’s attention. They try to make the news more interesting to get more views

  21.   By Tristyn Romeril on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    This article was a better description of fake news than I’ve ever seen. I think all news should state it’s resources as best it can to make any questioning readers find the said resource.

  22.   By Mac mayer on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    most news reporters or news broadcasting stations are bias on what they want to report to the public. Especially if that is concerning anyone who has the power to shut down they’re new station or just refuses to keep providing them with money. I would like the news to be honest instead of fake news to distract us from the actual problem.

  23.   By parker on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think that fake news is an important topic. I also think that news companies should be more honest.

  24.   By Andrew Nelson on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    Fake news is becoming more and more plentiful and accepted but I think that it should be taken seriously.

  25.   By Jessica on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I agree that we need to be aware of fake news, but I also think that we should be aware that some people may claim something is fake, even if it’s not. I think the best option is to read the only the facts and then decide yourself how you feel about it.

  26.   By Tanner on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    The sad part is, a lot of people believe not just fake news, but anything that suits their standards or idea of what is happening. Some people really think that the Kilcher show is real, just as some believe everything that some of these news outlets say.

  27.   By River mann on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think that this news was a very rude act against our president. a lot of people dislike him but attempting to humiliate him in front of the whole world is just bizarre. fake news is wrong and should be stopped.

  28.   By Brianna Stiles on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think news companies make some little details up to make it more dramatic and interesting. Although the story might be true some parts of it can be over rated.

  29.   By mariah on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think that they just need to think before they speak and have solid information and facts. Without that I don’t think they should be posting anything.

  30.   By Clayton Beachy on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    Many people are mislead by fake news and fake gossip being spread around the internet or in newspaper articles. People should not believe everything they see at first sight. I believe that they should look in to topics that they see and check to make sure the information is reliable.

  31.   By Austin Ceccarelli on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    To me fake news really does depend on who you get it from. I understand that there are news networks that stretch the truth or leave some things out of the news such as the sexual violation in Hollywood. And yes that is a very big problem but I would recommend you check what you here and make sure the newscast doesn’t slip one by you.

  32.   By Zoe Stonorov on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think that there are so many different points of view that you shouldn’t go along with everything that you read or see on T.V. If a piece of news is really important to you, you should look more into it and find out more for yourself.

  33.   By Sadie Blake on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think news companies put out something that may be false or they twist the truth so they can get more activity in the media.

  34.   By Jonah on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I think reporters should really check their facts, but I also think that some fake news is actually intentional, either to make someone look bad or look good.

  35.   By Ben Coble on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    There are always going to be harmful rumors, and misinformation spread around that influence people’s decisions. So a little research goes a long way when you are looking at news.

  36.   By Hannah Hatfield on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    I really don’t think it is a good idea to listen to everything you hear on the internet. People should know that it is not true and if you want to tell people about it make sure you get it from a trusted website. I think this is a good post because this is an important topic in the world today.

  37.   By Ty Etzwiler on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    Believing that everything you are told is not a smart idea. I feel like along with being fake news, it gets severely blown out of proportion. Also it can put bad things in kids brains and they’ll tell their friends lies.

  38.   By Jeremiah Bartel on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    The problem is that some media outlets have a bias against or for something, so most of the time if information goes against their bias, they don’t bring it up. If something is with their bias, they aren’t going to fact check it most of the time, because they don’t want to disprove something that would help them push their bias onto the viewers. I really hope that more unbiased media outlets will become available soon.

  39.   By simon on Nov 15, 2017 | Reply

    In modern society and throughout history, false information has a exponential effect on peoples views. This is why it is important to have completely true information. It is imperative that news companies present information in an unbiased way. Though this is rare.

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