The Proliferation of Fake News
For the week of January 15, 2017
Why did fake news spread so easily on social media this election cycle? Former journalist and University of Minnesota professor Chris Ison discusses ethics and the importance of truth in news reporting.
Guest: Chris Ison, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota
Fake news can be traced back to the penny press era of news in the early-to-mid 19th century; but, the political impact of fake news on the recent election has brought new concern to this old issue.
Facebook and Google have taken steps to flag fake news, but in the year of “post-truth”—the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year—there is concern that facts are less important to many readers.