Washington Post issues major correction after pushing bogus news to warn of fake news


Though it seems obvious, it’s worth repeating: The best way to push back on the fake news grifters who’ve taken advantage of the credibility gap between audiences and media is for newsrooms to work tirelessly to restore readers’ confidence.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post inadvertently drew attention to the problem of the media’s cratered credibility when it added a lengthy editor’s note to an article titled “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.”

The problem with the Nov. 24 story is that the so-called experts mentioned in the headline include a group of anonymous “researchers” whose background was unclear even to the Post’s reporter. Further, the group’s method for determining which newsrooms are supposedly pushing Russian propaganda is totally unsound. – READ MORE

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