The real history of fake news


Fake news has been in news this year. Keeping the irony aside, fake news is a serious issue. Media propaganda through false reporting is nothing new. But, now that this has affected the US election everyone is talking about it.

A little bit of brake-tapping may be in order: It’s worth remembering, in the middle of the great fake news panic of 2016, America’s very long tradition of news-related hoaxes. A thumbnail history shows marked similarities to today’s fakery in editorial motive or public gullibility, not to mention the blurred lines between deliberate and accidental flimflam. It also suggests that the recent fixation on fake news has more to do with macro-level trends than any new brand of faux content.

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David Uberti — Columbia Journalism Review

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