There is no Fake News; there are only False Stories

Election 2016 saw the rise of a new meme: "fake news." This label was used to refer to patently untrue stories put out mainly by pop-up foreign sites looking to monetize gullible U.S. voters, and spread via Facebook and right-wing sites eager to promote the Trump campaign. Post-election, however, the label "fake news" increasingly is being used to smear independent news organizations, especially those rooted in progressive values. Unfortunately, such efforts--including lists of "fake news" sites--are being picked up and spread by media outlets, academics and others who are usually considered...

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