Jon Keller, writes at CBS Boston on June 1 about sites touting fake news.
"The headline was shocking - a public school in Illinois implementing race-based grading.
It went viral - fast. Perhaps you saw it being denounced on YouTube or read about it on popular right-wing websites like Red State, Breitbart or The National Review.
One problem: The story is a fake."
Continue reading online -> https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/keller-large-beware-of-pink-slime-masquerading-as-news/
Margaret Sullivan writes at the Washington Post on June 5
"It’s always tempting to share news that comes across our social media feeds when it not only seems outrageous but also confirms our biases, fears or suspicions.
“See?!” we seem to say, as we retweet or post, this latest exciting development is just what we knew could happen all along!
But there’s a question we need to ask these days before sharing one of these scintillating stories with friends and followers: Is it true?
Increasingly, “articles” that look like news may be something entirely different — false or misleading information grounded not in evidence but in partisan politics, produced not by reporters for a local newspaper but by inexperienced writers who are paid, in essence, to spread propaganda."