How Politicians Who Use Fake News Push Back Against Debunking

Callum Borchers of the Washington Post writes a nice article about how fake-news creators handle critics of their dark art.

In it he starts with this line:

Throwing criticism back at the critic is perhaps the most basic counterattack in the book…

He goes on to cite such examples as Ron Paul’s Liberty Report and it’s “real fake-news list,” which included a long list of mainstream media types, including folks like Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, and Wolf Blitzer.


Borchers response to kind of list is the following:

It is perfectly legitimate to criticize the press for underestimating Trump’s candidacy or for failing to demand more evidence before the invasion of Iraq — but it makes no sense to equate these alleged shortcomings with publication of pure fiction.

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