THRS334 - Sam Mooney Media Processes Effects Analyzing the...

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Sam Mooney October 31, 2007 Analyzing the Truth About Fake News In Robert Love’s article, “ Before Jon Stewart: The truth about fake news. Believe it ”, as published in the Columbia Journalism Review, March 2007, he takes an interesting look at the origin of such media as well as its rise in popularity over the past several decades. He makes a number of relevant comments pertaining to the reasons we watch or read this kind of news, and the negative impact it has made and continues to make on real, objective news reporting. The article also probes how we, as a society, can decipher real stories from fake ones. For us to think that the era of yellow journalism, initially ignited by media moguls William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer was the beginning and end to a time of sensational news reporting is incorrect. Hearst is the individual best credited for starting the Spanish-American war in February of 1898. His eager reporting style seldom dealt with the facts, and when it was revealed that he was to blame for doctoring famous photos as well as assigning fake stories to be written, several other reporters and journalists cried foul that any individual would stoop to such a level in order to sell papers or gain readership. But this was not the first time that fake news had created such a commotion. In
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2008 for the course THRS 334 taught by Professor Rigali during the Fall '08 term at San Diego.

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