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‘Pizzagate’ gunman expected to plead guilty

A North Carolina man accused of commandeering a Washington pizza restaurant with an assault-style rifle in December is expected to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors, both sides …

Media groups push back after fake news defined U.S. elections

The Baltimore Gazette had its share of scoops leading up to the 2016 presidential election. But one stands out: Every presidential race since John F. Kennedy’s election was rigged. That …

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 4:49 p.m.

Facebook combats fake news with new warning label

Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. The Silicon Valley tech firm has started rolling out a new warning label for news stories that are “disputed” by a third-party fact …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

Gary Crooks: Political change calls for rebalancing

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has upset the political dynamic, and that has posed a challenge to editorial page editors across the country.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

Kathleen Parker: Media’s pursuit of truth is real

Though the media can be accused of vigorously pursuing such stories, even at the risk of appearing “negative,” isn’t this their job?

Colorado newspaper fights back over charges of ‘fake news’

A Colorado newspaper is threatening to file a libel suit against a state lawmaker who accused the publication of printing “fake news,” setting the stage for a possible legal battle …

Shawn Vestal: Breitbart and the ‘devastation’ of Twin Falls

Breitbart News’ treatment of Twin Falls, Idaho is illustrative of its approach to “news.”

Former Bush press secretary says Trump should not be ‘misunderestimated’

A former White House press secretary under George W. Bush has some advice for Donald Trump’s communications office: Focus on policy, and salvage whatever credibility is left to salvage.

Rob Curley: On the lookout for liars, and the difference between beliefs and facts

How journalists fare in a world of fake news.

Through history, fake news has often accompanied populist politics

“Fake news isn’t new,” a political science expert said. “It often accompanies populist revival eras in politics. These things go hand in hand.”

There’s a lot of difference between a news story, an editorial and a column

Judging by online comments, there’s a lot of confusion about the different parts of a news report – is it a story, an editorial, or a column?

‘Fake news’ morphing from bogus stories to slam on mainstream media

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 …

Newspaper critics split: The Socialist-Review, or The Spokesman-Republican?

A look into the history of The Spokesman-Review shows that the paper’s political reality is complicated.

Internet rumors of deportation checkpoints are ‘fake news,’ designed to cause panic, officials say

Law enforcement authorities are warning about social media hoaxes falsely claiming that police are setting up checkpoints aimed at deporting people here illegally.

Trump criticizes ‘fake news’ as he marks African American History Month

President Donald Trump teed off on the media Wednesday during an event held to mark African American History Month, calling CNN “fake news” and once again decrying a false report …

Lawmaker fires aide behind fake news site

A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging.

Czechs ready for fake news ahead of elections

A new Czech unit to combat fake news is preparing to combat disinformation campaigns ahead of two key elections, an official said on Friday.

2016, through the rear-view mirror

March 25. Headline on primary endorsement editorial was “Kasich and Clinton only moderates left standing.”

Google has yet to fulfill promise not to put ads on fake news sites

A month ago, Google pledged to make sure that the ads sold though its AdSense program wouldn’t go on fake news sites. But so far, the company has largely failed …

Suspect pleads not guilty on all charges in case involving fake conspiracy about pizza shop

A North Carolina man accused of commandeering a Washington pizza restaurant with an assault-style rifle on Dec. 4 pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday in a brief federal court …

Obama could enact a U.S. offensive on Russian propaganda this week

A bill on President Barack Obama’s desk this week would authorize U.S. officials to combat propaganda and fake news from Russia and other countries, as well as allow federal money …

Federal charges for man who fired in pizzeria

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle multiple times inside a pizza restaurant in the nation’s capital while investigating the internet conspiracy theory known as “pizzagate” will face …

Debra J. Saunders: Junk news vs. fake news

Getting the story utterly wrong should result in hand-wringing, hair-pulling and painful introspection in my profession; instead many in the news business have turned their hungry eyes on “fake news.”

Trump national security adviser’s son fired from transition team after promoting fake news

Michael Flynn Jr. has been let go from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team after spreading online conspiracy theories on Twitter. He is the son of Trump’s pick for national security …

In Macedonia’s fake news hub, teen shows AP how it’s done

On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Newspapers, the answer to fake news

There is, in fact, a news platform that specializes in gathering and disseminating non-fake news. So committed are its people to this mission that some have been known to risk, …

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary …

Fake news a real problem for democracy

Generally, people don’t like being played for fools, but when you’re politically motivated to believe what you see, critical thinking skills can go by the wayside.

Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook’s ideas to battle fake news

A week after trying to reassure the public that it was “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined several ways the company might …