Fake News

Tim Cook Weighs In On “Fake News”

Not that this surprises me; there’s never a left-wing cause that Apple won’t join in on.

Fake news is “killing people’s minds”, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, has said. The technology boss said firms such as his own needed to create tools that would help stem the spread of falsehoods, without impinging on freedom of speech.

Source: Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds’, says Apple boss Tim Cook | Technology | The Guardian

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Buzzfeed, New York Daily News, NY Post all Run with #fakenews About Kanye

The New York Daily News Thursday misreported a quote from a member of Trump’s transition team in a manner that gave it an unfortunate racial tinge.“Kanye was not invited to perform because Trump’s inauguration will be a ‘typically and traditionally American’ event,” tweeted NYDN, racking up hundreds of retweets in the process.

Source: Buzzfeed, NYDN Take Trump Staffer’s Comments Out-of-Context to Add Racial Tinge | Mediaite

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CBS Puts Out Fake News On White House LGBT Page

During Barack Obama’s presidency, if you typed whitehouse.gov/lgbt into your browser, you reached a page highlighting the administration’s victories and policy changes regarding LGBT rights. It outlined historic court victories and even featured campaigns like the It Gets Better Project to help LGBT youth.Today, however — just hours after President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the United States’ 45th president — if you type in whitehouse.gov/lgbt, you are redirected to a new “transitionsplash” page.The new page simply invites people to “sign up for updates from President Donald J. Trump.” It makes no mention of LGBT rights. In fact, it appears the White House’s LGBT rights feed has disappeared completely.

Fake news.

The truth: The site is in transition (ironically) and it’s basically a skeleton for now. A fact they admit in literally the last two paragraphs, but then they add the ominous note that “the only question is whether it’s temporary or permanent.”

Source: White House LGBT Page Disappeared After Trump Took Oath – CBS News

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WaPo Is The King of Fake News

WHETHER THE POST’S false stories here can be distinguished from what is commonly called “Fake News” is, at this point, a semantic dispute, particularly since “Fake News” has no cogent definition. Defenders of Fake News as a distinct category typically emphasize intent in order to differentiate it from bad journalism. That’s really just a way of defining Fake News so as to make it definitionally impossible for mainstream media outlets like the Post ever to be guilty of it (much the way terrorism is defined to ensure that the U.S. government and its allies cannot, by definition, ever commit it).

I’ve been saying this since the beginning.  The creation of the term was never meant to, in any way, be applicable to the mainstream media.  Once it was, the arguments started from many outlets, including the Washington Post, to say it was time to retire the term only months after they created it and did so as the biggest threat to our country.

Source: WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived

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Media’s Confirmation Bias Leads To Spreading Fake News. Again.

How many times do you have to get burned before you start actually verifying what you’re writing?

The media was rife with ‘I told you so’ headlines yesterday, after reports from more unnamed sources said the first order of business for the Trump administration was to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin, in Iceland, just like Reagan did with Gorbachev, circa 1986.

The headlines were smug and the Twitterati of newly born left wing militarist war mongers were resplendent with calls for martial law or protests or anything that could stop Donald Trump, an obvious traitor against America — a revolting person of low qualities who enjoys to be urinated upon by Russian hookers.

The only problem with that narrative, as touching as it may seem, is that it’s completely false. According to Trump’s press secretary, it’s all fake news.

Source: Trump Ensnares Media in Yet Another Fake News Boondoggle | Zero Hedge