“You Can Hardly Watch the Real News Without Hearing About Fake News!”

(Created by Natasha Greeff on Biteable)

Fake News: A recent development?:

The news is more available then ever before as a result of social networking sites; it was found that 62 percent of US adults get news on social media (Gottfried & Shearer. 2016 cited in Allcott, & Gentzkow, M. (2017))

However, with news comes fake news and it can be difficult to sift through and ascertain which news is real and which is fake; especially if fake news stories have spread like wildfire – as they often do. It has been well documented that Donald Trump has been the subject of Fake News blasts, and so it seemed appropriate to cite him during this topic discussion.

 (Source: Twitter)

Example of Fake News:

CBS 60 minutes aired a segment on their investigation into fake news, one of the examples that they used was Celebtricity.comwhich published an article entitled “Donald Trump caught sniffing cocaine by hotel staff”. The story cited no authors or publish date and claims made were so elaborate that the whole article screamed satire.

“Maria Gonzalez” an ’employee’ describes the scene. (Source: Celebtricity.com)
This image accompanied the article, as ‘photographic evidence’. (Source: Celebtricity.com)

As you can see, the article is very poorly written, and quite clearly a joke – yet CBS used it as an example of ‘fake news’ in a very serious segment about “fake news as an epidemic”. (Dice, M., 2017)

How do you protect yourself from Fake News?

In the above example it’s fairly obvious the article is unreliable- however it’s not always as clear cut. Therefore it is important to be able to assess reliability of online news so that you are not misled.

Canva infographic
(Created by Natasha Greeff on Canva)

Use C.R.A.A.P and live your life; well informed.


The key to assessing the reliability of fake news and ensuring we are well informed is only trusting information from a reputable source, (Bartlett, B., 2017). Facebook and Twitter may be filled with news stories- but do not rely on these sites for news.


My comment on Natalie’s blog here

My Comment on Chloe’s blog here


CBS (2017). Fake News. Available at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-fake-news-find-your-social-media-feeds/ [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].

Dice, M. (2017). The true story of fake news. 1st ed. San Diego, CA: The Resistance Manifesto.

Twitter.com. (n.d.). Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter. [online] Available at: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].

CelebTriCity. (2017). Donald Trump Caught Snorting Cocaine by Hotel Staff. [online] Available at: http://www.celebtricity.com/donal-trump-caught-snorting-cocaine-by-hotel-staff/ [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].

Allcott, H. and Gentzkow, M. (2017). Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(2), pp.211-236.

BBC News. (2018). Fake news: Universities offer tips. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41902914 [Accessed 11 Mar. 2018].

Bartlett, B. (2017). The truth matters. 1st ed. New York: Crown Publishing.

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4 thoughts on ““You Can Hardly Watch the Real News Without Hearing About Fake News!”

  1. Hi Natasha,

    I enjoyed thoroughly reading your blog post about fake news and real news, particularly the image you created for evaluation the reliability and authenticity of online articles, I thought it was very informative and easy to understand and remember!
    I liked what you said also about Donald Trump as I completely agree that he has been a major subject to Fake News, do you think that he made Fake News more known about with public and exposing the media? Or do you think he himself is lying about what the news has reported?
    Look forward to hearing back from you!


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  2. Hi Natalie,

    I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. I was going for humorous with a hint of outrageous this week. 🙂

    In reference to your question – the answer is that I simply don’t know. Whether you think he is truthful or not probably depends on what you think of him as a president. In my personal opinion he definitely has made ‘Fake News’ a more popular term. I see it on social media daily, mostly from people who write ‘FAKE NEWS” satirically, perhaps digging at Trump. Seeing his presidency play out on twitter has been a source of great amusement to me- and as for his tweet that I included in my blog in relation to your question… he’s lying, in my opinion.

    What do you think of this? Do you agree with my stance on the matter?



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    1. Hi Natasha,

      I 100% agree with what you said and it definitely in my opinion as well does come down to if you think he is a good president or not, if you believe what stories are being reported about him. Again I agree that some of his tweets can be seen as more of joke then actual meaningful tweets, especially the one where he seemed to be calling Kim Jong Un “Short and fat”!! So it does make you question how much you can rely on his tweets.


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