Written by: Communicator Staff
There’s been a lot of talk of “fake news” — fictitious stories usually shared virally and purposely made to look like genuine news reports — in the media for at least the past year.
The phenomenon reached a new high in the last three months of the 2016 presidential election. During this time, fake election stories garnered more shares, likes and comments than stories from 19 of the top media outlets on Facebook, according to a Buzzfeed News analyst.
Since the election, President Donald Trump has frequently called into the question the credibility of mainstream news outlets, such as NBC, CNN and The New York Times, by calling them “fake news.”
Trump recently mocked NBC news anchor Chuck Todd for discussing the congressional and FBI investigations into a possible connection between Trump and the Russian government.
“When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
-Biology pre-med major Tyler Grunden said he does not have a strong opinion on the credibility of any news outlet, but he is a bit skeptical of CNN.
“I work in an accounting firm and I’m in the front (and) the T.V. is always on CNN,” he said. “So all I see is (them) just bashing Trump and how much of a terrible president he is. So I don’t know how credible that would be.”
-“I’ll say all news channels (are credible), but then again, each one of them is going to convey a different perspective,” said Viviana Lauderdale, senior Spanish major. “That’s why each one of them is going to sound different. They’re credible, they’re just different perspectives.”
-“It’s just all a bunch of bullshit honestly,” said Connor Hamilton, senior biology major, referring to major TV news channels. “I can not stand news, I think that honestly (the mainstream media)’s goal is to get good ratings. I don’t think they care about showing us what is truly important — what is truly going on.”
-“Personally, no,” said Seth Anderson, sophomore hospitality management major, when asked if he trusted the mainstream media. “I think there’s a lot of buying going on … there’s a lot of lobbyists. A lot of the stories come out could be politicized.”
“I like to keep it local.” he said. “(Local news) is more of a community, more community based in their thinking,”
Anderson said he considers outlets such as Fox News, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post as the “mainstream media.”