Fake News Joins American Vocabulary

President Trump wages war on “Fake News”

Fake News was Politifacts 2016 Lie of the Year

Fake News was Politifact’s 2016 “Lie of the Year”

Journey Stokes, Staff Writer

The 2016 Election introduced a new term to the American vocabulary: “Fake News”

Politifact, a Pulitzer Prize winning website that fact checks news stories related to politics, characterized fake news as its 2016 “Lie of the Year.”

In a February press conference, newly elected President Donald Trump lashed out at Cable News Network (CNN) White House correspondent Jeff Acosta, calling the network fake news. This whole situation started because CNN refused to run an ad highlighting President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Since then, Trump has refused to even as so much answer a question from a CNN reporter at press conferences or rallies.

People of the world have taken the fake news situation into their own hands. Responses to the phenomenon have either been rants on Facebook or memes being sent through social media. On the other hand, many outlets concerned with journalism have taken steps to educate the public about now to spot fake news. In December, National Public Radio (NPR) launched a site to help readers determine the authenticity of news stories.

President Trump certainly has caused an uproar with CNN and its employees, and their conflict has caused some concern in the general public conscerning honesty in reporting and political limits on journalists’ rights. Hopefully, CNN and President Trump can settle their differences through the year.