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8:12 PM Thu, Nov. 15th

Letter: Fake news


With all the talk lately about fake news, I thought I’d offer this definition of fake news, what it is and what it isn’t.

If some hacker in Romania makes up a totally fictitious story, gets it posted on a legitimate-looking internet site, and it gets circulated in the e-media world, that’s fake news.

If somebody publishes a story based on verifiable facts you don’t like, that’s not fake news.

If a news outlet picks up on selected facts in order to support a political agenda, that may be a misuse of journalistic responsibility, but it’s not fake news.

John Krizek