There’s a whole industry dedicated to producing fake US news in Macedonia – and it's gearing up for 2020

There’s a whole industry dedicated to producing fake US news in Macedonia – and it's gearing up for 2020
There’s a whole industry dedicated to producing fake US news in Macedonia – and it's gearing up f...

And then their are the idiots who believe the fake news and spread this garbage around.

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I've been surprised by how much fake news there has been around the hurricane. People claiming they're in the middle of it by spoofing IPs, foreign twitter accounts spreading videos of "Key west destroyed by roof high waves!" that are actually videos from Sandy, etc. Even most of the stories about St. John are apparently false, and seem to have come from overseas.

Aren't Fox, MSNBC, ABC and CNN tainted by this as well? They basically helped elect Trump by doing the "Trump Show" 24-7 leading up to the election; every single comment he made, comments others made about him, and comments about those comments all got air time.

Some of the stories were questionable journalism better suited to Entertainment Tonight. Industry executives openly admitted that they were doing it for ratings. The more hysteria the better and they applied this principle to Clinton also which hurt her. Some estimates show Trump received over one billion dollars worth of free promotion from the news media.

Fake news generates clicks and viewers, and it pays big dividends in terms of manipulating public perception, especially among those ignorant of civics, history, law, finance and international affairs. It's not going to go away until entire populations develop critical thinking skills. Which is entirely possible since the same technologies which now dumb us down could potentially raise us up.

But her pizza...

We call them Trump voters and Brexit voters.

This is big industry everywhere in the world today.

Actually, it is difficult to read the international news and attempt to ascertain the difference between the actual truth and some governmental or political position.

Probably always been that way, but easier to see today.

It's a no-win scenario. The press is obligated to report on everything Trump says and does, because he's constantly breaking established norms, which always provokes reactions, and that is genuinely newsworthy. They'd be accused of burying Trump stories otherwise.

oh, wait, you mean to tell me that because this story exists, Russia is exonerated and couldn't have possibly interfered? That makes sense!!!! it's one or the other, of course! That's the rightist way.