Fake News II – It’s only the tip of the iceberg

There’s a reason why the phrase ‘tip of the iceberg’ exists. A study shows that for every ten people, six of them don’t read beyond the headlines. When you just look a bit deeper, you see the gaps in their reasoning, the conclusions that they draw that just aren’t true.

We don’t call it fake news right away. We analyse, and we evaluate. When they send out images of Trump’s supposed lack of popularity, when they reveal documents about Trump hiring prostitutes, we think that it’s true. But under further analysis through reliable sources, we see that they missed out the details, we see that they misinterpret. And when we evaluate, we know that they’re generating misinformation in the realm of confirmation bias. A conclusion can be drawn, a conclusion that they’re making conclusions too fast, that their objectivity is objectively subjective.

Fake news is the enemy of the people. The danger is that people gladly accept it as they think that these sources are still reliable. The reality is that they’re not. THEY are the ones that refuse to go through the thought process, to realise that their assumptions belong in the trash. So don’t buy in to their name-calling. For there’s a reason why the phrase ‘tip of the iceberg’ exists, and there’s a reason why boats sink when they (icebergs) hit them.


Sources:

Study: for every ten people, four of them don’t read beyond the headlines. https://hal.inria.fr/hal-01281190/document

BuzzFeed: ‘Trump has deep ties to Russia’ https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.uiwLByQPQ#.sa6kLlxMx

Memos on Trump hiring prostitutes – unverified http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-russia-trump-idUSKBN14U2QZ, http://www.ibtimes.com/golden-shower-gate-fake-news-danger-publishing-unverified-documents-even-when-they-2473895

New York Times – less Patriots visiting Trump https://twitter.com/NYTSports/status/854793140125020160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4747333%2Fnew-england-patriots-white-house-barack-obama-donald-trump%2F

TIME: ‘More Patriots players… visit President Obama than President Trump’ http://time.com/4747333/new-england-patriots-white-house-barack-obama-donald-trump/

Fader: ‘Way more… met with Obama than Trump’ http://www.thefader.com/2017/04/19/trump-new-england-patriots-obama

Patriots spokesman Stacey James: ‘photos were not an equal comparison’ https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/04/19/these-photos-show-patriots-white-house-turnout-for-trump-obama/bSrXdd9bP2sgczgb1J10RL/story.html

New England Patriots (Twitter): ‘photos lack context’ https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/854858415012806656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fnfl%2Fnews%2Flook-patriots-call-out-new-york-times-for-white-house-photo-tweet-lacks-context%2F

Further reading:
Editorial: Hysteria, overblown hooey part of the fake news cycle http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/11/anatomy-of-fake-news/

Starting on the eve of Inauguration Day, there have been over 30 often widely reported false stories about the president and his team. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-we-are-fighting-the-fake-news-our-list-shows-one-fake-story-a-day/article/2615652

Can you trust the press? https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/can-you-trust-press

Russia narrative is a nothing-burger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdP8TiKY8dE

‘European Union inherently promotes white genocide’ is a fake news story (Ferrel’s Musings) https://youtu.be/0eU8dX2Pxkk

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