‘False news’ is worse than ‘fake news,’ but we can handle the truth

Daniel Cole,  Principal of Cole Communications. 

Originally published in the Colorado Springs Gazette. December 11, 2016     Readers can follow Cole on Twitter @DanielJWCole.

Sometimes, political news needs a disclaimer: “Any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental.” Now the purveyors of false news in establishment media are warning America against what they call “fake news” on the internet.

“Fake news” refers to false articles published in service of some nefarious agenda – usually, in order to discredit conservatives who believe and share them online. A year ago, long before I ever heard the expression “fake news,” I saw a headline on Facebook: the Supreme Court had issued a warrant for President Barack Obama’s arrest. It’s hard to imagine anyone believing that story, but one of my Facebook friends did.

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