# Fake news
A Seasoned Newsman's Opinion: Bogus Reporting is Rampant
A reporter is delivering a story in front of a gathered crowdPhoto by Freddy Kearney on Unsplash. As a career award-winning journalist for the past 29 years, I am increasingly disheartened every time I turn on a television news broadcast. False information and personal opinions are spewed everywhere. What's worse, they are being presented as if they were facts constantly. In contrast, facts are rarely provided to support those opinions and when they are, they are most often only half-truths, drastically taken out of context.
Opinion: The Time Has Come to Stop the Constant Stream of News
Once upon a time, people used to buy newspapers in their local newsstand and read the news.For many, this was a joyous part of their daily routine.That all changed around the year 2007 when the smartphone revolution started, and social media exploded providing a constant stream of news.
Opinion: Fake News Claims Raise False Flags
Photo by Kayla Velasquez on UnsplashPhoto by Kayla Velasquez on Unsplash. People often post “fake news” under articles. Usually, it’s a false flag. For an article to be “fake news”, it has to have bad facts. “Fake news” is a false flag when it responds to articles that contain true facts. Rather than warning of fake facts, these online notifications of “fake news” may be complaints about a “fakeness” in the spin of the text.
Using Fear, Faulty Facts, & False Fronts
Photo by Annie Spratt on UnsplashPhoto by Annie Spratt on Unsplash. So many of us sit in front of screens - our eyes glued to the latest on the stock market. We gasp and shutter at each rise and fall. At the end of the day, we speculate on the causes. We try to imagine future positions.
How to Recognize and Combat Fake News
It's tempting to pin the blame for fake news on the actions of foreign governments, intelligence agencies and nefarious hackers out for some positive attention and a fast buck, but the reality is far more nuanced. Until these nuances and misconceptions are recognized, it will be impossible for individual users, the government or the public at large to overcome the fake news crisis and restore truth to the news media.
Consensus, Collusion, and Conspiracy Theory and Individual Choice
Groupthink vs. unadulterated Fact or mere slippery slope to the domination of the Masses. Consensus is a commonly accepted viewpoint or decision of a group of people; the collective judgment or belief; the solidarity of thought. On the other hand, conspiracy is a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. Almost all of us can delineate between the two phenomena without any hesitation. However, not everyone is willing to see the commonality of the two and thus recognize the cause and effect of extravaganza.