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Letter: 'Fake news' is becoming self-sustaining

Posted: February 1, 2018 2:01 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Apparently the “fake news” issue is becoming self-sustaining.

The Jan. 26 C-I’s local and national columnists engaged it, one citing a movie to illustrate the value and integrity of the press, the other citing the president as a potential threat to civil order via his public spotlighting of the fake news (FN) issue. Both writers, in effect, infer denial that FN is the issue.

Neither column recognized the past and present danger of the instances of, truly, fake news. Opinion writers may be missing an opportunity to help their media peers get in front of the issue, and establish some common ground for clarifying/healing discourse among the press (seemingly in denial) and the people (seemingly catching on to deliberate instances of FN).

Times have changed. Mass media no longer can control the (public issue) debates.

The internet channels have grown large and active enough to enable the voice of the man/woman-on-the-street to be heard loudly, clearly -- and instantly.

So, come on, press, engage the reality; abandon reframing the issue as a POTUS problem. Help us expose and overcome fake news. The integrity of, and confidence in, reporting of the news is as critical as you claim.


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