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“Fake news” and “our democracy”

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By Jerry Newcombe at Renew America


One of the most interesting videos I have seen lately shows broadcasters from the Sinclair network all reading the same script about the threat of “false news,” and how fake news threatens our “democracy.” The video can be seen here.

My favorite part is the last section where anchor after anchor (15 of them by my count) declares with great conviction – as if they just thought of this profound statement, “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”

My purpose here is to address two issues: first, the issue of so-called “fake news.” I think it’s a given that in a country where our Constitution forbids the government from abridging the freedom of the press, some might abuse that freedom and declare what is false. There are legal and societal remedies for that. Besides, who gets to define what is “fake news”? Sometimes “fake news” seems like it’s the other guy’s story. Or the other network’s report.

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