fake news

Seeing and believing: We must curb spread of misinformation

Seeing and believing: We must curb spread of misinformation

01/24/2019 By Rachel Krotseng | Staff Columnist  A goldfish’s short term memory is three seconds long. Daddy Long Legs are the most poisonous spiders in the world, but they’re so small that they can’t bite you. Calculations show that a bumblebee should not be able to fly. All of the dinosaurs died when the meteor […]

Freedom of the press essential to democratic society

Freedom of the press essential to democratic society

Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor 04/12/2018 When Bloomberg Law yielded a job listing from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in search of a contractor for a “media monitoring services” project, journalists around the country held their breath. This news, coming in the weeks following the emergence of the propaganda-laden Sinclair Script, sits uneasily in […]

Fighting fake news in the era of the Sinclair Script

Fighting fake news in the era of the Sinclair Script

04/05/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest telecommunications company in the United States, owning a total of 193 stations across the nation. With an estimated influence in 40 percent of American households, Sinclair has a say in what nearly half of the country’s citizens see on the local news. […]

Panel suggests ways to fight back against fake news

Panel suggests ways to fight back against fake news

Raymond Arke | News Editor 01/25/18 Fake news. Alternative facts. Crooked media. Over the past year, these phrases have fixated themselves into everyday life. The dangers these labels present and what they really mean took center stage at “Media Literacy and Battling Fake News,” a panel discussion sponsored by the Duquesne chapter of the Society […]

Call to quit supporting fake news websites

Call to quit supporting fake news websites

By Duke Staff  BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith continues to face criticism for his decision to publish an unverified 35-page dossier of allegations about president-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia. This criticism gives way to talking about the ongoing problem of fake, unsourced news in the United States. Fake news, according to Politifact, describes fictional stories […]