Fake News Vs Accredited News

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You may not be aware of it, but there is currently a vicious war being fought between real and fake news outlets. Discredited alternative media platforms ranging from conspiracy websites to white nationalist forums, have been exploiting the unregulated internet for over a decade; but it is only in the last few years that they have started reaching a somewhat eye-raising number of people worldwide. Unlike their parents, many young people today get their news exclusively from the internet, and are faced with a baffling array of potential news sources, some accredited, but many of them fake. So just how do we determine whether a news source is fake or accredited, and what should we do in order to quell the spread of fake news so that people can rest assured that the information they are getting is true and accurate?

Below are two lists of signs that you can look for to determine whether a news website is fake or accredited, respectively.

Signs of a Fake News Site:

  1. Promotes outlandish conspiracy theories such as the idea that 9/11 was an inside job
  2. Supports radical political candidates such as Donald Trump and Ron Paul
  3. Adheres to radical right wing schools of thought, such as the Austrian School of Economics and the Mises Institute
  4. Criticizes the Federal Reserve Bank and promotes the use of various forms of counterfeit currency such as cryptocurrencies, gold and silver
  5. Promotes radical interpretations of the United States Constitution such as the idea that the second amendment permits citizens to own fully automatic rifles and hand grenades
  6. Denies the science of Climate Change and gives credence to debunked alternative theories about the climate, such as those involving the sun
  7. Promotes home schooling and criticizes common core and other initiatives designed to improve our education system
  8. Engages in hate speech against victimized groups in society such as undocumented Americans, Black Lives Matter and Muslims

Sings of an Accredited News Site:

  1. Makes assertions that are fact-checked by trusted and independent organizations such as Politifact
  2. Has journalists with exclusive access to White House press conferences
  3. Is invited to cover numerous high profile events such world summits, the Presidential debates and the NFL
  4. Has been operating for more than two decades
  5. Has a television channel or show on a major network
  6. Has a popular radio show available on the most widely accessible FM or AM frequencies
  7. Has professional presenters and journalists with qualifications from accredited Ivy League universities
  8. Has professional and highly maintained state of the art studios

Using these lists as a guideline, one should be able to discern which news sites are fake and which are accredited. But sadly, most young people will never see this article, and will be hopelessly drawn into believing all manner of fake news. In order to truly solve this problem, we need to introduce sensible internet regulations that require websites to have licenses in order to publish news on the internet. Any website caught posting fake news would have its license revoked, and any forum that refused to adequately regulate its content would also lose its license. We need to crack down hard on fake news websites in order to protect the next generation from misinformation and deceit; as without accurate information about the world around them, they will be unable to lead our planet to the bright and prosperous future that we all desire.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

I recommend that everybody get the Propornot Propaganda Flagger, which is available on Chrome. It marks Russian Fifth Column web sites with 3 red Y’s, sort of like an antivirus. That way, you don’t have to keep referring to the list.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/propornot-propaganda-flag/ogmjlhmfnmhhcllijlbaomamgfaiflai

richandrenee

Downloaded.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Thanks Sugarlock – I forgot to mention that.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

I installed the Propornot Propaganda Flagger on my Chromebook. It works great. Accredited Times and the Washington Post are squeaky clean. But every article I checked on Zero Hedge had red Y’s to alert me to Russian propaganda. Then I went to Michael Krieger’s Liberty Blitzkrieg. It looked like it had smallpox with all the red Y’s. The Propaganda Flagger says, “210 links on this site have been identified by the PropOrNot propaganda identification service as repeating, echoing, or referring their audience to Russian propaganda. They are highlighted in YYY’s. See propornot.com for more information.”

Since the Propaganda Flagger is available for Chrome, I wonder if Google is supporting PropOrNot. If so, Thank you, Google! You’ve been helping me shop for years. Now you are protecting my mind!

jfb

I thought that making this plugin compulsory would be better, but it doesn’t garantee that people won’t visit those sites. Their DNS should be cancelled out once the recount give those 3 states to Hillary or the delay introduce by this recount nullify the actual vote of the delegates.
But there are still some other issues; like what happens if too many people drop the accredited websites the same way they dropped the accredited media? Reading the accredited websites and proving that you can answer correctly a test should be mandatory if you want to have a bank account or keep your job or food stamps.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Yes we need to ensure that people are getting the information that they need. If people are misinformed or uninformed they are a risk to everybody, as they may vote for presidential candidates like Trump. We need to ensure that not only are alternative media site inaccessible, but also that people are adequately informed by the accredited media.

Black Lives Matter

I really don’t get why people feel the need to follow “alternative” media when we have such a diverse array of award-winning news sources, like CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Accredited Times. I guess bigots just want to “blame the messenger” instead of taking a cold, hard look at their internal prejudices and microaggressions. Russian propaganda is not the answer.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

The alternative media serves no purpose other than to disrupt progress and deceive people. That’s why they are correctly referred to as fake news by the accredited media. Do these people think anyone can just start their own media outlet and become a legitimate news organization? It’s not that easy – you first need to become accredited, and that takes a lot of effort and hard work.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

When I watch TV or a movie, I depend on canned laughter to know when to laugh. And I depend on mood music, or background music, to let me know how I feel about a scene, like whether an actor is the good guy or the bad guy. Well, some people in my family actually thought Trump won some of the debates. (And they were People of Color and should have known better.) I know that Wolf Blitzer, Donna Brazile, Lester Holt, etc. did everything they could. But maybe the accredited media are partly at fault for losing people to the propaganda media because of not using mood music, canned laughter, canned boos, etc. to help the audience know how they feel. It’s just an idea. The accredited media are the highly-trained professionals, not me. If I’m mixed up straighten me out.

Black Lives Matter

Great idea. This needs to happen.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Excellent suggestion! Trump used his mind tricks during the debates to make it look like he was winning, when in reality his opponents were dominating the debates with their charisma and incredible arguments. If we’d let people know who was actually winning by playing the right music, canned laughter and booing in the background then people would have got it. Even the audience was under Trump’s spell and applauded him when they shouldn’t have. We need to seriously rethink the way we present debates, interviews and discussions of current affairs.

richandrenee

What a great check list – I’ll apply it to every information source before I watch or read. Safety first.

richandrenee

The highly anticipated cashless society will solve most of these problems. If Christians and alt right types want to persist in reading hateful enemy propaganda the legitimate banking system can cut their access – or if their offense isn’t too bad put them on the -30%pa savings plan.

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