Breitbart, the alt-right website, got more than 4,000 comments on a short story Wednesday highlighting a statement from the University of Washington Tacoma Writing Center regarding racism in writing and the values of its faculty. Faculty and students collaborated on a statement on inclusivity to start “a conversation on the discrimination and alienation that often go unnoticed in academia,” according to a story posted on UW Tacoma’s website. “As the statement urges, ‘there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,’ and with this in mind, the Center aims to ensure that through compassion and careful consideration, staff do not inadvertently embrace racist practices.”
The concept of “fake news” has evolved quickly. First it was false or misleading stories spread on social media in the run-up to the presidential election. There was a lot of talk about fake news swaying the election results, and while bogus news stories were shared widely, researchers at Stanford University and New York University concluded in January they didn’t have outsize influence on the election results.
Spokane civic leaders had been working for years to expand medical education in the region by the time Elson Floyd was named president of Washington State University. The strategy at the time was to get the University of Washington to send more students, for more years, to the East Side of the state through an existing regional medical school program.
The front page of The Spokesman-Review was consumed with news about the presidential election that would take place the next day, pitting Republican William Howard Taft against Democrat William Jennings Bryan. (Taft won).