Entries by Will Thalheimer

Americans Believe 75% of the Fake News they Read

Buzzfeed conducted a survey and found that Americans believe 75% of the fake news they read. THAT’S FREAKIN’ BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everybody should read this article by Craig Silverman and Jeremy Singer-Vine of Buzzfeed. ============ One issue I have with the article is the implications hinted at based on the data that showed Trump voters were […]

Stop Calling Everything “Fake News”

Will Oremus, Slate’s Senior Technology editor, points out that some “fake news” is fake news, some “fake news” is something else entirely. His is a good reminder. I wish, however, that there was a list of different types of misinformation. Oremus also points out that while fake news was originally a rallying cry of the […]

There is Some Research that Maybe Conservatives are Easier to Fool with Fake News

Interesting article in the Washington Post by Christopher Ingraham. It points out that fake-news websites tend to target conservatives and there is some relatively new research — new enough that we should be somewhat skeptical of it — that conservatives may process information differently thant liberals. Here’s some quotes from the article: Numerous reports have highlighted […]

Truth For Democracy — An Official Nonprofit

I am thrilled to announce that Truth For Democracy has been officially sanctioned as a nonprofit organization. Our formal name is Truth For Democracy Nonprofit Incorporated. Here is an official certificate-of-existence provided on December 2, 2016. I am still waiting on the federal government’s issuing of an EIN (Employer Identification Number), which will enable us […]

Neal Gabler, writing on Bill Moyer’s Website, Says We Americans are Responsible for Fake News

Nice article, warns us about the danger that dishonesty make damage our democracy. Says the following, among other things: The larger portion of the blame lies with the citizens of the nation that Donald Trump insists only he can make great again. Fake news thrives because there is a lazy, incurious, self-satisfied public that wants […]

Facebook Exec, Elliot Schrage, admits that Facebook is a News-Distribution Organization

Andrew Prokoff, writing on Vox, examined Facebook’s latest thinking on their fake news problem. Here are some quotes from the article: “For so long, we had resisted having standards about whether something’s newsworthy because we did not consider ourselves a service that was predominantly for the distribution of news,” explained Facebook’s Elliot Schrage. “And that […]