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UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon

An Idaho lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018

Trump, press trade good-natured if barbed jokes at Gridiron

President Donald Trump and his political allies and opponents found common ground with members of the Washington press corps Saturday night, taking and giving humorous jabs at each other at …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: What’s going on with 42 percent of Republicans?

This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans. It is also a column about trust.


Kathleen Parker: Only a matter of time

It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the “fake news” media. And it was …


Pope: ‘Fake news’ is evil, journalists must search for truth

Pope Francis is denouncing “fake news” as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth.


Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide …


Facebook changing how it identifies ‘fake news’ stories

Facebook says it is changing how it identifies “fake news” stories on its platform to a more effective system.


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Sullivan: Real journalism bags fake-news hunters

News people used to joke that readers should never be allowed to see how the sausage is made. Now we need to show that messy process as clearly as possible. …


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Facebook stumbles with early effort to stamp out fake news

Facebook’s strategy to stamp out fake news is struggling. The company outsources the process to third-party fact checkers who can only tackle a small fraction of the bogus news that …


Milbank: Dear Leader upgrades First Amendment

Each morning I get a call from Gorka with my assignment. I write it up, and then it’s up to the Russian bots to spread the word on social media.


Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works – just too slowly

Facebook’s effort to limit the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect – though that finding comes with a major caveat.


Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe

One of Facebook’s top executives met Wednesday with House members investigating the company’s Russia-linked ads and told them the social media giant is serious about dealing with the issue.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017

Facebook security chief warns of dangers to fake-news solutions

Facebook’s chief security officer warned that the fake-news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks.


Trump targets Senate intel committee over Russia probe

President Donald Trump is criticizing the Senate intelligence committee over its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and associates of the Trump campaign.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Trump suggests Senate Intelligence Committee investigate ‘fake news networks’

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies that he believes are reporting information that is “just made up.”


Trump misfired on tweet about Iranian missile launch

When President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Iran had “just test-fired” a missile, he seemed to know something the rest of the government did not. Turns out, he did …


The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch’s tabloid revolution

Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth – and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A …


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Lawmakers seek Facebook data on Russian meddling in U.S. election

Congress needs more information on Russia’s use of social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, including from Facebook and Twitter, the top Democrats on the Senate and House …


Not Real News: A Look At What Didn’t Happen This Week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Trump is plenty popular … in Russia

While it’s generous of Putin to put his bots to work for Trump, this White House is perfectly capable of importing Russian-style propaganda without help from Moscow.


Angelina Jolie says child casting story is false, upsetting

Angelina Jolie says accounts of her casting process for children to appear in her film “First They Killed My Father” are false and upsetting. An excerpt from a Vanity Fair …


Gary Crooks: Fake news, real news and political bubbles

The mainstream media is a fair target for criticism, but you have to ask yourself this when you dismiss it as a legitimate source of information: Compared to what?


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

Gary Crooks: (full speech) Fake news, real news and political bubbles

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UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017

Media organizations criticize Trump for tweeted video

In his latest jab at the media, President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted a mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit – his face obscured …


Trump appears to promote violence against CNN with tweet

A day after defending his use of social media as befitting a “modern day” president, President Donald Trump appeared to promote violence against CNN in a tweet.