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Mass Media: The News 20/03/2007 15:41:00 Trust the news media to report the news accurately? 2005 6/10 Americans polled agreed; press trusted more than government by  a 2:1 margin 1970s: 7/10 Americans polled agreed that they trusted the press to report  accurately Wrong news: honest mistakes happen o 1948 pres election o 2004 Dems pick  Fake news today: o $300 mill initiative to plant “positive news’ in Iraqi newspapers o Dept Health and Human services use of local news for video news  releases (VNRs) on the Bush Admin’s Medicare plan that ran w/out  disclosing they were paid pol announcements o Armstrong Williams paid $240 mill to promote No Child Left Behind in  his columns o NTY and CNN used by US mil to convince us that invasion of Iraq was  necessary part of war against 9/11 hijackers Who pays for fake news? YOU ARE Fake news: not new o 1700s: Forgeries and tricks in British papers o Mid-1800 hoaxes in US newspapers: Great Moon hoax (1835): Reporter wrote stories about about  discovery of men living on the moon Atlantic crossed in 3 days (1844): Edgar Allen Poe Central Park Zoo (1874): Animals running wild o Boom in fake news in late 1800s due to availability of new technology  and increase in demand for newspapers No fact checking by AP: put out a rumor saying Pres. Grover  Cleveland assassinated Pope died 22 times in 5 years
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