We’ve all heard of “fake news,” especially in the last four years. It is thrown around liberally and pretty indiscriminately, to the point that it now is applied to any news outlet or article that we disagree with. But is that what fake news really means?
The formal definition of fake news is: “false stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.”
In this episode, we’re diving into nine questions you can ask when you want to get the whole story, not a spin or an opinion on the truth. We’re also going to cover six tips you can implement today to help you get out and stay out of the Fake News Trap.
Some highlights from today’s episode on fake news:
- What is a good definition of fake news? Where do we find it most often, and more importantly, why?
- Questions to start asking when you suspect you might be caught in a Fake News Trap.
- If you want to get accurate news, you need to stop doing these things.
- Media platforms and recommended books to help you think critically about the news and understand how it is sometimes used against you.
Resources and Links:
- “FLASHBACK: Liberals Celebrated the Death of Judge Antonin Scalia”
- 1984 – George Orwell
- Recommended to see how Orwell correctly predicted the re-writing of history and the role of the media in brainwashing.
- Speaking for Myself – Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- Read this for a behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between the White House Press Secretary and the mainstream media.
- The Fourth Turning – William Strauss and Neil Howe
- Good for a broad look at the cycle of history so you can see where we are in the cycle right now–trust me on this one! It helps us understand the role of the media in the context of world history.
- Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings – Ben Shapiro
- Great expose on the thought-policing of the radical Left as well as different insights into the turns American culture has taken over the years. He talks about quite a few topics on this book but offers some good info about fake news as well.
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