Fake news is exactly what it sounds like: false information. Lies fed to the public. Recently, President Donald J. Trump has used this term to describe several news organizations, such as CNN, Washington Post, and the New York Times, for unfairly targeting him and his administration. It is crucial to note that the President has failed to provide evidence for his accusations against these organizations. But what exactly is fake news?
For starters, it’s nothing new. Fake news has been seen throughout history in public speeches and propaganda. From anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda to modern tabloids, people have always bent the truth.
Some reporters may feel that it is necessary to distort the truth to complete an ulterior purpose to persuade a group of people to think a certain way. What they fail to realize is that their job is to report the truths and facts of the world – not to make a specific person, organization, or group of people look good or bad.
Valencia High School sophomore Alice Kim shared with JSR, “I think that fake news is a terrible thing for society. Most people get a lot of information about the current political, economic, and environmental state of the world from the news. When news institutions start publishing news that’s fake, the public is being lied to.”