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TitleCan We Stop Fake News? PublisherThe American ProspectLinkQ: Compare and contrast the author’s reasoning, and what information they use to validate their argument?The Prospect author’s reasoning as to why there is a sharp percentage of public distrust with news outlets is that we simply don’t like the media and that “we don’t trust politicians, religious authorities, scholars, and so on.”. By giving this general and yet encompassing statement about the reasons why there is a public mistrust within the society, it overlaps with the one given by Poynter about a mistrust of national news outlets because of the biases each outlet may have for one party in politics. The author for Prospect gives examples (historical allusions) in order to support the fact that the ones who do fall for fake news are those who are largely uneducated: “People who share fake news tend not to have a college degree; tend not to live in the cities but in the countryside; and tend not to buy books during the year. This is true for most of the [Western] elections: Trump versus Hillary Clinton in this country; Brexit in Great Britain; the constitutional referendum in Turkey on President Tayyip Erdogan; in the Italian election last March and the Italian referendum on constitutional reform two years ago.”--whichpartially contrasts what Poynter’s data suggests, as they show that Democrats withhigher political knowledge do trust their news more than those who lack political knowledge whilst the Republicans with higher political knowledge distrust news coverage.Q: What points do they agree on?Both articles agree that politics are the main reason as to why people have a distrust of news outlets as they feel as if it is biased. They also agree on the fact that education, more specifically higher level education, is important to discerningwhat is fake news or not.How do their solutions compare?The Prospect’s method of defeating the spread of fake news is by combating it with
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