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What Exactly is Fake News? Maybe Not What You Think

Doctors agree, Clinton going to die
What Exactly is Fake News? Maybe Not What You Think NBC news wrote a piece (linked below) about how Webster's Dictionary had to correct Kellyanne Conway's definition of feminism. They actually wrote a story about that. That was news. That's what they chose to cover. That's one main reason why people don't trust the media anymore. "It's difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic s...
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News: It’s even “fake” in Spanish

Half Truth is Often a Great Lie
This article showed up on Spanish news. They are just as bad at slanting news as the English-speaking outlets. Of course it is CNN so what are we to expect. Trump has called them "fake news" and recently upgraded that to the very eloquent "very fake news". That's a term I don't really care for. It's too broad. It's too easy to counter. "Fake" means not real and often the news itself is real though...
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Don’t Pretend Neanderthals Didn’t Eat Each Other

Neanderthal Man Etching
I like to point out when news stories or the people quoted in them make claims that actually aren't true. It's a good exercise in being able to spot what is now being called "fake news" but what for the last 30 years at least has just been "news". Fake news comes in several flavors: intentional, biased, and ignorant. This one is ignorant on the part of the author and biased on the part of th...
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Why care what the heck is a species anyway? 

The Alt Fox
I understand that you may not give much thought to what constitutes a species or how something is considered a different species from something else. There has been a long standing definition but recently some people are trying to change that. As you can well imagine their change isn't to further define and narrow the parameters to be more exact but, as always seems to be the case with the changin...
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We Don’t have to Kill Racism, Just Let it Die Already

Fake Hate Crime Real Arson
I often say that racism in America is dead. That, of course, is an oversimplification. It's based on the experiences this platypus has had over a lifetime among people of all races and having those relationships be positive and warm. I say this about racism because I see a difference between the existence of racists and the existence of racism as a common practice. However, when I read stories lik...
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Robot Goes Rogue?

cylons
We hear a lot about media bias. This simple story about a robot named Fabo is a good example of how such bias can be subtle. But subtle is often very effective. In this case it's the language used in the headline "Robot Goes Rogue" and in the body of the article, "The aggressor was Fabo". But someone (like me) who actually takes the time to read the article (because I love robots) will find jus...
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Propaganda is on a Need to Know Basis

Media spoon feeds the masses
The reason I'm posting this has nothing to do with who Trump picked for EPA chief. That article came this morning and you can read it if you want. This article is about bias in news. Forget what you should know, or what you want to know, this article contains what you "need" to know. As you can imagine the only things you need to know are about climate change, oil, and - wait for it - I'm not k...
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