Fake News vs. The Facts
Monday, we’re talking about fake news. You’re hearing that term a lot these days, and it’s being applied to all kinds of media, from articles written by Macedonian teenagers to the work of news outlets like CNN. But what is fake news, and maybe more importantly, what isn’t it? Where does it come from and what effects has it had on our culture? We’ll also talk about the efforts to combat fake news and the challenges of getting people to change their minds about stuff they really want to believe is true.
- Alexios Mantzarlis is the director of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute.
- Julie Beck is senior associate editor at The Atlantic magazine, where she covers health and psychology. she recently wrote an article for the magazine's web site about why the facts don’t necessarily convince us that what we believe may, in fact, be wrong. It’s called "This Article Won't Change Your Mind."