This Poynter article explains how media errors – like fake news – can have a “very real negative impact,” and why readers today are more likely to assume newsroom mistakes are deliberate attempts to deceive news audiences.
“Fake news” began as a reference to fabricated news stories created with the intent to deceive readers. The New York Times explains how those on the right are now applying the term to mainstream news organizations they disagree with, thus diluting the phrase and damaging the public’s trust in journalism.
BuzzFeed News details how they traced multiple “aggressively partisan” liberal and conservative websites back to the same company.
The Columbia Journalism Review reveals its new study on how a one hyper-partisan media network has led to increased polarization of right-wing media.