Here’s an excellent post from Older Eyes on the term ‘fake news’ – ‘lazy confirmation bias’ seems about right.
There’s a lot of wisdom in old curmudgeons!
Fake: [fāk] ADJECTIVE: not genuine; counterfeit.
News: [n(y)o͞oz] NOUN: newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events.
Fake News: a form of news consisting of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media (print and broadcast) or online social media.
I absolutely hate the term Fake News. First and perhaps foremost, it reflects the dumbing down of the American language that seems to prevail right now, even in the media. You would expect better of journalists who are presumably trained in the use of language. Look at the first two definitions above. Of course, you could say not genuine news or counterfeit news but it really is a poor choice of words. Inaccurate news or incorrect news is more precise, sounds…
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