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“You are Fake News”

Race Archibald, Editor

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Those famous words said by President Trump, directed at a CNN reporter, has resonated throughout the country. The “fake news” epidemic has been a highly conversed topic over the past year, especially during the latest presidential election. Many media organizations have been accused of taking sides, instead of presenting unbiased, true news stories. These mainstream media corporations, such as CNN and MSNBC, have lost credibility within the last year.

It all started with the election, when Donald Trump announced he was running for president. Many news stations said it was a publicity stunt, and that he would drop out of the race relatively quick. While his campaign gained more steam, the mainstream media doubted him, and that he had no real shot at winning. Once it came down to the final two candidates, these media corporations began to attack Trump in his quest for presidency. They began to question the legitimacy of his character, and began attacking his past.

The thing is, Donald Trump is not like most past candidates. He is not a career politician. He is a businessman. Yes, he has said controversial comments in the past that he should not have said, but the mainstream media has dwelled on those comments for so long. The media also takes many of his small insults too seriously. Every single comment President Trump makes is heavily criticized, whether he is serious or not.

Anyways, the epidemic of fake news is growing. Sometimes, it is not as much false reports, but it usually tends to be the manipulation of said reports. It is very easy for the media to create headlines and twist reports into what they want them to say. For example, I read an article in the newspaper, which was about immigration. The headline said “Judges, attorneys, struggle under the weight of new rules. Cases on the books: 1,700 per judge.” Now I ask you, what new rules have been enacted? What has changed? Illegal immigration is illegal. All of a sudden, Trump is enforcing these laws, and apparently that’s wrong in the eyes of the media. They call him “racist” for obeying the law.

The credibility of the mainstream media is at an all time low. In a survey sent out by Gallup, 32 percent of people said they do not trust the mainstream media. For people who identify as conservatives, only 14 percent said they trust the larger media outlets, and these claims are legit. Not only is the mainstream media dishonest, they publish irrelevant articles. Back when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was constantly being asked questions about the President and Russia, he responded with “If the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russia connection,” inferring that the media tries to create a story from just about anything. And they did. CNN actually published an article about the origin of salad dressing. It is this kind of junk that ruins the credibility of once trusted sources.

This past March, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow tweeted out she had “breaking news” in regard to Donald Trump’s tax returns. The tweet was sent out a little over an hour before her weekly show, airing at 8 p.m. central standard time. Then, around 7:30, 30 minutes before her show was going on air, the White House responded to the MSNBC report, saying that Trump paid $38 million on an income of $150 million in 2005. Essentially, this report spoiled the show. But in show business, the old saying is “The show must go on!” And it did, and it flopped. Maddow began her show providing background info on the whole ordeal, about how uncharacteristic it is for a President to not release his tax returns, citing past presidents, typical mainstream media agenda. Eventually, she showed them to the TV audience, only to be beaten to the finish by the Daily Beast, who released the same tax returns on their website while Maddow was babbling on about what she had. Even fellow mainstream media outlets, such as CNN, called it a failure of a TV broadcast. The message that was eventually delivered, was that Donald Trump did pay his taxes.

Thankfully, more and more people are catching onto this fake news outbreak and are calling out the mainstream media for their dishonesty. It is important to have your own opinions on topics, and not blindly follow the media. Despite most of us not being able to vote in this past election, it is important to know what is going on in the news, since most of us will be able to cast our vote in the next election. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the news stories will stop. For the remainder of Donald Trump’s presidency, you will get hammered with false reports and irrelevant stories from both sides. Just be cautious the next time you read a juicy headline that grabs your attention.

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