Lies, Damn Lies, and Fake News

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017
With Dana Cloud

All governments lie, the independent journalist I.F. Stone once said. But not all governments lie as proudly as those led by Donald Trump. Corporate-owned media outlets generally obey the unwritten rule that the spokespeople for government sources should be treated as credible (regardless of how many times they've been caught lying), but the new president's obvious disdain for the truth—from lying about the size of the crowds attending his inauguration to his share of Electoral College votes compared to previous presidents—has pushed some to adopt a more Stone-like stance of skepticism, even as right-wing outlets like Breitbart, and the “fair and balanced” Fox News do whatever they can to fuel the right’s agenda. Activist Dana Cloud dissects the role of media in the age of “fake news” and Donald Trump—and discusses the importance of an independent voice for our side.

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