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A new category of lies

These are not ordinary lies. These are meta-lies, second-order lies, lies about the very institutions vouchsafed with testing and examining the truthfulness of political statements.This reckless disregard of reality reveals an unusual quality to Trump’s lying. Other presidents lied to … Continue reading

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What SHOULD be the lead Trump story today …

The stories about Trump and Spicer embellishing the inauguration crowd are important because they show how brazen these folks are willing to be about lying. Sure, plenty of politicians have lied — it’s the big black mark on the Clinton legacy — … Continue reading

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Local news outlets vs. propaganda pushers

A large group of local media outlets is taking an aggressive stance against so-called fake news. Best of luck. Source: Local news vows to fight fake news, halt business with ‘propaganda pushers’

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Journalists’ fight against propagandists begins in earnest

I’m proud to write for The Guardian, and I’m glad to see they’ve responded to a Breitbart onslaught with a calm but firm statement of the facts. Let’s be absolutely clear. This is not “left wing” vs. “right wing.” The two … Continue reading

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What would Jesus investigate?

Sharp letter from a Christian journalist to evangelical media-bashers: Your quick dismissal of the entire “mainstream media” feels deeply inaccurate to me as a Christian and a journalist — at least the kind of Christianity I was raised on, where the … Continue reading

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Show me the evidence

Normally, I would side with someone at USA TODAY over Jay Rosen. No disrespect to Rosen, but I’ve disagreed with him on occasion, and USA TODAY is still a special place to me. But Rosen’s absolutely right here in arguing … Continue reading

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Fake-news entrepreneur blames his audience, and he’s right

Vital interview here with a modern-day P.T. Barnum: Some of this has to fall on the readers themselves. The consumers of content have to be better at identifying this stuff. We have a whole nation of media-illiterate people. Really, there … Continue reading

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