Fake News

If you know me, you know I know something about news. You know I was editor in chief of the English news department of an independent Turkish news agency for three years. I also have shared what I believe as pivotal world news stories. Given I was situated between Greece, the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Cyprus for a decade and a half, maybe, just maybe, I have enough street ‘cred’ to choose a story.

However, my knowledge didn’t all come from within. It came from many people that I worked with. The people who I call journalists, correspondents, and reporters. These people all know their jobs. Some of them, never came home after an assignment. Some were in the field for months and even years. Some I trusted, others, trusted me. (I may explain this comment one day.) You see the trust of support and news-gathering is symbiotic. The most difficult part of working in news is seeing a story die before it is ever shared to the public. I saw thousands of news stories being produced around the world via my computer. The software that combined 10 different news sources that streamed all their news. Including the news I sent out to the world.

That news, which was prepared for broadcasting clients, typically panned out to four or five stories on the evening bulletins. Not really indicative of all that ENG work we thousands of people around the globe spent all day working on. News outlets rule the roost. Period.

This is a screen grab from Instagram that I took this morning of a former colleague of mine. This is the reality of how a story happens. My friend, on the left, is out there doing his job. Yes. His job. Be thankful you have people like this out there keeping you informed. Just like this blog post, you need to be reminded of where your news comes from.

I hope to see some comments here. Not just ‘likes’ on Facebook. Your ‘duty’ to be an informed news consumer is to make an attempt to filter fake news. The news reading public should actually visit the site where the story originated from. I see so many people share stories from third parties. If your going to share a story, share the link to the site, not some paid advertising Facebook page.

Like this blog post I have spent over thirty minutes preparing, writing, editing, and posting. I really would like to see some comments below. It lets me know you’re awake.

Good morning!

Martin @ the crossroads

2 Replies to “Fake News”

  1. I agree it is important to check sources and we are doing this much more frequently now. Although it sometimes spoils my Facebook relax time so I might choose to just not respond or repost if I don’t have the time to do the research. I usually check the comments section first if I am questioning the validity of a post. Often someone has already posted it is fake. If this is the case does it help to just hide the post?

    1. It’s a double edged sword sometimes Jeanette. Some people post it’s fake to deflect the story or to start rumours that it is fake.

      One time, I had a discussion with someone who said that because the name of an airline was at first wrongly accredited to a plane crash and that made it fake news. He said the plane was owned by a different company. I commented that the plane was being leased by the airline mentioned in the original news flash, however, the man was adamant that the news was fake even though the plane did crash and burn with a loss of life and total hull loss.

      So the word fake even needs to be properly defined by many people out there. It shouldn’t be that difficult but it seems that we need to be vigilant. Groups like grasswire and full story are out there, but they have limited resources in covering all the news out there.

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