While we often remember and cite tabloid headlines at the supermarket checkout stand as being the original fake news, with ridiculous headlines about alien abductions and UFOs, the term has come to light in the recent presidential election. We’ve since learned that much of it was designed to sway our voting, and came from not only the dominant campaigns, but from foreign interests.
Sharyl Attkisson is a top journalist that makes an effort to provide accurate, truthful, unbiased news and exposés, and has an informative television show called Full Measure. In this clip, from a TED talk, Sharyl leads us to the reasons and sources behind fake news:
It is interesting to note that Eric Schmidt, of Google, was behind the recent spate of political fake news, designed to help Hillary, all the while generating more search traffic for Google. “Follow the money” was the mantra that Sharyl used to uncover who was behind the disinformation campaign.
It is also important to search on a divisive political topic using as many different search engines as you can. A comparison of Google and duckduckgo.com reveals significantly different results. Google’s search results seem to lean leftward, with positive liberal news at the top of the searches and news unbecoming to liberals or promoting conservative issues, much further down. It is an easy experiment to try.