What happens when you can’t trust the media?

Well for starters, you stop watching national TV and reading the NZ Herald for news.  They can’t even give that thing away.  This I know from turning down free subscriptions on a regular basis over the last few years.

Most of what is passed off as “news” in mainstream media are facts buried so deep in opinion or bias that the truth is lost.  It’s like wading through treacle trying to find substance in a slimy mess.

Truth is, I rate myself quite highly as a Google Queen.  Researching and fact-checking from website and Youtube posts is both fascinating and compulsive. The Internet is where I discovered Whaleoil last year – thanks, Google!

The online newspaper Inews examined the top 10 fake and misleading news stories of 2017 in the UK.  They created a search engine called “Logically” to do it.

Using the fake news search engine function within our contextual newsfeed platform, Logically, we compiled the list by identifying fictitious stories, and ranked them by the number of people that each reached through both shares on social media and direct visits to the publishers.

While 2016 was the year that fake news was reported to have had profound political impact, shaping campaigns and influencing votes, 2017 marked the year that mainstream media both tackled, and proliferated, fake news itself.

Our heated political climate allowed for inaccurate and unsubstantiated stories to emerge, with partisan sources rushing to push their own agendas in the wake of major incident.

Various British media power houses published exaggerated or unfounded stories this year, with the Independent Press Standards Organisation having to issue rulings on several high-profile occasions.

You would think mainstream media might wake up to the fact that they are the masters of their own demise.  They haven’t yet.  And while I question Logically’s ability to sort the fake from the real I can’t deny the growth of fake over the last year. Donald Trump knows it first hand and would heartily agree it’s a recent phenomenon.  

Trump effectively uses social media to fight it. The screams of outrage from journalists when he started twittering were deafening. When they realized their protests hadn’t deterred him they moved on to attacking social media.

Facebook removes posts that don’t conform to their “Community Standards” which is slang for political correctness. They have decided what we do and don’t need to know before we even know it ourselves. How considerate of them!

In the first place, and read by 100,000 people, the No 1 UK fake news story of 2017 was:

“Sadiq Khan gets reprimanded by the Queen for his comments on Trump 

Last year it was announced that Donald Trump would visit the UK in 2018 on a state visit, which would typically involve him being met and hosted by the Queen.

This was met with wide criticism which culminated in huge protests in London outside 10 Downing Street. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was in agreement with Londoners that Trump should not be welcome in the UK and called for a retraction of the invitation. There has been no official response from the Queen or the Prime Minister.

American news sources claimed that Sadiq Khan had been reprimanded by the Queen for his comments and that the UK media were in support of his telling off.”

The news of the Khan reprimanding circulated widely but was inevitably discovered to be at best a total misunderstanding of the relationship between the Queen, Prime Minister and London Mayor but at worse a total fabrication aiming to discredit Sadiq Khan as a Trump critic.

londoncommunities.co.uk

 

Read the other 9 top UK fake news stories.  What are our top fake news stories of the last year?


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