Of course, MSM is a huge swathe of publishers, from -- Fox to CNN to NYT to Wall Street Journal -- that publish everything from news to opinion to entertainment features to simple things like movie times, none of which pretend to be news...and of course they sell ads. They are the vehicle, not the story.
Occasionally they may even post something which is fake as in 'made up' as in A Million Little Pieces, but that's rare.
Sometimes they will fall for a scam or bogus info, make errors and retract or correct. All of that is typically seen as a terrible thing, gets people fired, gets apologies and corrections. All of that goes against the canons of the profession and the roles that reporters, editors, fact checkers, etc. work to pursue. It is a world away from Macedonian teenagers making up stories whole fabric to engineer clickbait from readers who pay (with their attention and clicks) to be fed propaganda that entertains them or confirms their existing beliefs. This narrower definition is what fake news is.
So under the assumption that there is actually some reality, some facts that tell us something about the world, I think any citizen who actually believes he/she should be part of 'making American actually great' would need to try to find real and credible information to guide decision-making. This is not a partisan issue -- this is post-partisan. This is about what it means to be a citizen. IMHO, of course.
- National Writing ProjectDirector, National Programs and Site Development, 1995 - present
- University of Maryland, College ParkPh.D. Curriculum Theory and Social Policy, 1988 - 1992
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