We've all been experiencing fake news for years. I've gotten plenty of it via email, messages that purport to tell the facts about some things and are usually wrong in at least one respect, more often lots of respects. One time I told my cousin that the email she sent me wasn't factual and she said, well, I don't care, it's a good story, yes? Not to me, I didn't want to get baloney *fake news* in my inbox that was sent along without checking to see if it was false.
Same thing with other social media sites, in particular where someone makes a graphic meme and then passes it along. In other words, "Media" now includes newspaper, television and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. ANY media site, including ones that presumbably report first hand the news, can make a mistake. The responsiblity lies in that media site correcting the mistake and any readers/listeners thoughtfully considering the evidence for themselves rather than blindly dismissing.
I believe you can no more stop people from passing on bullchit than you can from the preventing the sun from coming up in the morning. No one can also make anyone go verify information for him/herself. People LIKE gossip, it doesn't require any effort to talk about or pass on, even if it's complete horseswaggle.
Donald Trump is just as prone to passing on fake news, ie gossip, as anyone else. And he does.
When called on his comments about the electoral college, Trump said someone had told him that. (Tha's how gossip works!)
Confronted with the facts by a reporter during the question-and-answer part of the event, Mr. Trump claimed that, “I was given that information...I’ve seen that information around.”
Mr. Trump also claimed, as he has repeatedly, that he was elected with 306 Electoral College votes.
That’s also false.
When Congress certified the tally in early January, the official results were that Mr. Trump won with 304 votes and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won 227 votes.
Didn't read the executive order for himself. (Why would ANYONE sign a document with their own name without at least READING it first)
President Trump was reportedly not fully briefed on the executive order he signed that allowed his chief strategist Steve Bannon a seat at the meetings of the country’s top national security efforts.
The New York Times reported Sunday that Bannon has been telling allies that he and the White House policy director, Stephen Miller, have a window to push through their vision of Trump’s economic policies.
Trump was frustrated over the executive order and reportedly demanded to be looped in on the executive orders earlier in the drafting process. According to the Times, Trump demanded that his chief of staff Reince Priebus to come up with a fundamental approach to executive orders.
Made up some kind of terrorist attack thing about Sweden. (Remember when his spokesman made up baloney about a Bowling Green massacre?)
The Swedish embassy in Washington has asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation of a comment made by President Donald Trump that suggested there had been some sort of security incident in Sweden on Friday.
The U.S. President was speaking at at a political rally in Florida on Saturday when, in connection with the mention of a need to keep the United States safe, he said: "You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden.
"Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible."
Trump did not elaborate on the Swedish reference, leaving many Swedes baffled.
"We have asked the question today to the state department. We are trying to get clarity," said Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson.