All the News that Fits, Reprise 0
Scott Lemieux argues convincingly that the fuss over “fake news” is overblown. He points out that, by and large, viral “fake news” stories preach to the converted. He sees corporate “real news” as the real problem. A snippet:
To summarize the media’s performance in the election campaign that installed Donald Trump in the White House, its coverage of his opponent was completely dominated by trivial pseudo-scandals, and the quality of the coverage given these topics was extraordinarily bad. There is no possible defense of this, no conceivable argument that Hillary Clinton’s email server management was far more important that every policy issue but together, no possible justification for the implicit claim that the Clinton Foundation was similarly corrupt to one of Donald Trump’s many actual cons including his actual fake foundation. This is just a huge institutional failure with disastrous consequences.
Follow the link; the whole thing is a three-minute read that is well worth your while.