Fake News in the American Media. Part 2
WASHINGTON - January 11, 2019
Continuing the theme of the work of the American media, we continue to present examples from real publications. In the first article, we reported that most of the liberal media refuses to verify facts because of their illiteracy as a principle of work.
This time we will look at so-called fake news, with its false information and clickbait headlines. The majority of readers simply follow the link with the brighter title rather than reading dry news, although the more an outlet lies, of course, the less likely the readers are to trust it.
Unfortunately, many can no longer distinguish truth from lies in the media, according to a study conducted in 2016 by scientists from Stanford's Graduate School of Education.
According to their results, students-respondents displayed a "stunning and dismaying consistency" in their responses, the researchers wrote, getting duped again and again. They weren't looking for high-level analysis of data but just a "reasonable bar" of, for instance, telling fake accounts from real ones, activist groups from neutral sources and ads from articles.
"Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there," the researchers wrote. "Our work shows the opposite."
The research was divided by age group among 7,800 students and used 15 different assessments. Here's a sample of some of the results:
● Most middle school students can't tell native ads from articles.
● Most high school students accept photographs as presented, without verifying them.
● Many high school students couldn't tell a real and fake news source apart on Facebook.
● Most college students didn't suspect potential bias in a tweet from an activist group.
● Most Stanford students couldn't identify the difference between a mainstream and fringe source.
As we live in the age of information technology and information wars, the most frequent cases of false news relate to politics--the war in Syria, Ukraine, the Second Cold War, propaganda, lies about the DPRK, internal clashes between Donald Trump and the media, and much more.
If the most common topics are world politics, the internal problems of the country fall by the wayside, but there are outlets that manage to spoil even small topics.
The real news here is that the proposed rules from the Agriculture Department would clamp down on the latitude states have in providing waivers for existing work requirements for receiving food stamps.
Huffington Post journalists wrote that supposedly it helps to suppress the less fortunate or needy. No, that was out of the question. The news read that it’s about “able-bodied, non-working, mostly males."
The Agriculture Department rule explicitly states that the target is "able-bodied adults without dependents between 18-49" and does not apply to the "elderly, disabled or pregnant women."
Estimates say total number affected will be 775,000--2% of the 40 million people currently receiving food stamp benefits. With the average annual expenditure per person at $1,500, moving these able-bodied individuals into the workforce would save $1.2 billion in food stamp expenditures per year and add 775,000 productive citizens to the workforce.
According to The Wall Street Journal, "Some seven to nine million food-stamp recipients capable of work report no income."
American Enterprise Institute scholar Nicholas Eberstadt has written about our national crisis of prime working age, 25-55, non-working men.
The labor force participation rate, or LFPR, reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics consists of those working or actively seeking work as a percentage of the population.
In 1965, as Eberstadt reports, the LFPR of prime-age working males was 96.7%. Today, it is 89%. So almost 8% fewer men aged 25-55 are working or actively seeking work today compared with 1965.
Eberstadt calls this "an ever-growing army of jobless men no longer even looking for work -- over 7 million between 25 and 55, the prime of working life."
He notes that one defining characteristic of these millions of men who have dropped out of the workforce is an absence of family. They are either not married or if they have children, they don't live with them. What are these work dropouts doing?
They spend 800 more hours per year watching TV and movies than unemployed men, 1,200 more hours than working men and 1,400 more hours than working women.
31% admit to illegal drug use, compared to 8% of working men.
The United States has a huge problem that carries a great moral and economic cost to the nation.
What is most interesting is that the media does not look deep into the problem, but writes superficially, supposedly for the interest of ordinary people. Thus, they say these people are watching porn, if that’ all they could be doing.
Many other examples could be cited that prove that this applies not only to the decisions of ministries, new laws and the President's speech. For example, many outlets write that "the women's March in California will not take place because of the large number of white women."
In this case, it seems that the media is imposing its point of view to make people angry against the government or the opposition. No one could give a real reason why several such marches were canceled across the states.
The oxygen of freedom is information. When citizens get fake news instead, they become slaves to the agendas being pushed by politically motivated media machines.