Many Americans Say Made-Up News is a Critical Problem That Needs to Be Fixed

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Many Americans say the creation and spread of made-up news and information is causing significant harm to the nation and needs to be stopped, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 6,127 U.S. adults conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019, on the Center’s American Trends Panel.

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3 thoughts on “Many Americans Say Made-Up News is a Critical Problem That Needs to Be Fixed

  • June 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    indeed … so, mainstream media, stop creating fake news …

  • June 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    “creating” is not the same as “spreading”, and it is with “spreading” that the fault falls mostly on the shoulders of journalism.
    And that is why the media should be the ones to “fix” the problem, by not spreading the “fake news” or “lies” as most people know them. If a politician lies, don’t make it the headline.
    “Politician lies again” is how you stop fake news. If it’s identified as “fake” first, then people are less likely to believe the lie. Whereas if you air the lie, then tell people it’s a lie, the damage is done. They’ve heard the lie first and they’ve processed it as true; they’ve already been triggered, the gun already shot, the plate already broken. The credibility and trust already ruined.
    So, yes, the media needs to “fix” it by either not running it in the first place, or by identifying it as false before airing it.


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