Sensationalism In The Media today: Is It All About Click Baiting

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Sensationalism In The Media today

In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, fake news abounded, with false stories about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spreading across social media.

The problem has not abated. On December 4, a gunman walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. and opened fire. He was there, he said, to investigate the fallacious conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her aide John Podesta had run a sex ring out of the restaurant’s basement (a room it doesn’t have).

Then, on Tuesday, the U.S. president-elect tweeted in condemnation of fake news. His tweet, it seems, was aimed at BuzzFeed’s decision to publish a dossier alleging that Russia has been assisting and supporting Trump for at least five years.

But Trump’s own team has been guilty of retweeting or sharing fake news in the past. One of his closest advisors, Steve Bannon, is the former chair of Breitbart, a news organization that has published several stories with serious factual inaccuracies. The Guardian columnists Hadley Freeman and Owen Jones joined Newsweek’s Mirren Gidda to discuss fighting fake news and the rise of the right-wing press. Full Story

Sensationalism In The Media today: The Question Is why?

“2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said in a Senate speech on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, fellow Arizonan John McCain wrote in a Washington Post commentary headlined “Mr. President, stop attacking the Press” that former President Ronald Reagan “recognized that as leader of the free world, his words carried enormous weight, and he used them to inspire the unprecedented spread of democracy around the world.”

That spread has reversed in recent years, according to a sobering report released this week from Freedom House, a self-described independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.

“Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle for human freedom,” the report, “Freedom in the World 2018,” starkly states. “Democracy is in crisis,” it continues. “The values it embodies — particularly the right to choose leaders in free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and the rule of law — are under assault and in retreat globally.” Full Story

Examples of Sensationalism In The Media today

  • Alien Bible Found, They Worship Oprah
  • Man’s 174-mph Sneeze Blows Wife’s Hair Off
  • Teen’s Hair Changes Color … With her Mood!
  • Supreme Court Judges are Naked Under Robes!
  • Chain-smoker Kicks 30-year Habit … Then Chokes to Death on Wad of Nicotine Gum!
  • Dolphin Grows Human Arms
  • Man Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Boy
  • Abraham Lincoln was a Woman
  • Jesus Action Figure Heals the Sick
  • Half of U.S. hookers are space aliens – and they don’t have sex organs!
  • Man makes $60,000 a year as human lawn jockey
  • Nazi UFOs to Attack U.S.
  • Snake with Human Head Found in Arkansas
  • News Reporter Eaten Alive by 80-Ft Dinosaur
  • Man’s Head Explodes in Barber’s Chair
  • Is Your Cat from Mars? Full Story

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