Tag Archives: Fake News


Google Ads Support Fake News Sites


Vice News: “A study released Sunday by The Global Disinformation Index, a UK nonprofit that rates sites’ trustworthiness, found that 70% of roughly 1,700 disinformation sites it analyzed were getting so-called ‘programmatic ads’ — ads placed automatically — from Google, putting brand names such as Audi and Sprint next to junk content.”


Facebook Sees Rise in Fake Accounts

3 billion

CBS News: “Facebook said it saw a ‘steep increase’ in the creation of abusive, fake accounts in the past six months. The company took down more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as it did in the previous six months.”

News & Comment

Trump Supporters Circulate Fake Tweet about Rep. Maxine Waters

From Media Matters: “A fake quote from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calling for an “illegal immigrant” to be selected for the Supreme Court is spreading on Twitter and Facebook. Multiple radio stations have also pushed the quote on air.

“On June 28, a Twitter account that labeled itself as a ‘parody’ of CNN, with the account name @CNNPoltics, tweeted, ‘Rep @MaxinePWaters: “The next Supreme Court Justice should be an illegal immigrant.”’ The tweet also included a fake CNN chyron saying, ‘Waters: SCOTUS Pick Should Be Illegal Immigrant.’ Twitter has suspended the account.”

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Nine Out of 10 Republicans Believe Media Report Fake News


A new Axios/Survey Monkey poll finds that 92% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say that traditional news outlets “knowingly report false or misleading stories at least sometimes.” Democrats and non-leaning independents also feel this way, but not nearly to the same extent.


77 Percent Say Traditional Media Disseminates Fake News


A new Monmouth University Poll finds large majorities of the American public believe that traditional media outlets engage in reporting fake news and that outside sources are actively trying to plant fake stories in the mainstream media. More than 3-in-4 Americans believe that traditional major TV and newspaper media outlets report “fake news,” including 31% who believe this happens regularly and 46% who say it happens occasionally. The 77% who believe fake news reporting happens at least occasionally has increased significantly from 63% of the public who felt that way last year.

Poetic Justice

Fake Nunes News

For a recused guy, he doesn’t act very recused,
Though by his antics on the Hill, we’re still amused.
But he’s tackled the negativity
With some newfound creativity,
Creating a Facebook page with only positive Devin Nunes news.


Nearly Half Think Media Fabricates News


A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 46% of Americans believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Trump and his administration. Just 37% of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17% are undecided. Among Republicans, 76% think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration.


GOP Governors Launch ‘Fake News’ Site

“The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee whose sole purpose is to get more Republicans elected. … Only after the Associated Press inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph’s pages identifying the publication’s partisan source.”

Associated Press


42 Percent of Americans get Their News from Facebook Several Times a Day


Forty-two percent of U.S. adults say they access Facebook several times a day, compared with 20 percent for traditional news outlets, according to a recent Morning Consult poll. Facebook’s share includes 47 percent of adults under the age of 30 and 52 percent of Americans between the ages of 30 and 44.

Poetic Justice

Gift of ‘Facts’

Of late, Donald Trump’s been emboldened
To call media “fake news” and to scold ’em.
But when a reporter asked
Where he got his Electoral College “facts,”
Trump said it was something somebody just gave him.