Fake news

Fake news. It’s a big issue right now and makes us doubt our trust in newspapers and our source of general knowledge. In my opinion, fake news is just a cheap tactic to attract attention to a particular news story or company in general. Some articles in the news are unbelievable and, by that I mean, they should not be believed. The way that I propose this affects democracy is untruthful propaganda. The people writing the article may have a prejudice against a politician, meaning that the article itself will support the opposing side regardless of the true facts. Donald Trump has been criticised immensely through the media and, although he has a seeming hate for certain groups, he hasn’t done anything particularly bad for the U.S.A.On the topic of Donald Trump, he himself has said that he is fighting fake news. Here is the speech itself:

 

 

If the government truly decide to look into fake news, in an attempt to try and limit it, it may help us all gain stronger researched opinions into matters of great importance, instead of jumping to conclusions straight away. However, everyone should be entitled to their own respected opinions, regardless of the fact that they may have fake sources. Is it not our faults that we are believing this? If people were bothered to look up the facts, everyone would be able to tell right from wrong and fake news would, hopefully, be eliminated as they would have failed at their one goal: receiving attention. That is all they want, attention. If a news story gets publicised on a website like youtube (with billions of people watching) they have succeeded and people will believe their pathetic stories. This can, and will, eventually lead to our democracy being harmed due to an unnecessary change in our opinions which is based on biased or untruthful sources. Is this what we want?

 

Thank you for reading my first thoughts on the issue.

 

Delta

12 Comments

  1. Hi Delta,

    Thanks for your post! I like the term ‘untruthful propoganda’.

    I’m going to challenge some of the things you’ve said. Scepticism is one of our key skills and I’m going to model how to be sceptical throughout this issue. You can read about the skill here: http://www.burnetnewsclub.com/bnc-skills

    I’d like you to to challenge your own arguments and recognise that doubting your own argument will strengthen it. To do this I will challenge two things you have said and give some evidence. Can you respond with some evidence of your own?

    Challenge 1
    “he hasn’t done anything particularly bad for the U.S.A”
    I’m challenging this because lots of people would disagree. Here are a list of some of the things he has done: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38695593. Environmental groups would say he is hurting the USA by ignoring climate change. Other people would say he is hurting America because he doesn’t want people from certain countries to visit and this could be bad for business and America’s values.

    Challenge 2
    “he himself has said that he is fighting fake news”
    I’m challenging this because Trump saying he is fighting fake news doesn’t prove that he is. Some people think Trump is using the term ‘fake news’ to try and discredit real news from respected news companies. The white house has even banned respected journalists from the BBC from press conferences: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/media-blocked-white-house-briefing-sean-spicer.

    What are your thoughts about these challenges?

    • St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

      Yes indeed. Trump is a very controversial man and some people, perhaps because of fake news, even think that he rigged the election in his favor.I suppose we will never know if Trump means it when he says he is fighting fake news but isn’t it something worth fighting? If Trump were to be ‘fighting’ something, wouldn’t fake news be a clear option? He says in the video that he is a victim of it (reporters saying that he is fighting the media as a whole, not just fake news) so I think that he may be telling the truth, but we will never know for sure. Also, I am sure Trump has his own beliefs regarding climate change. He may feel that, at the moment, climate change isn’t the priority of focus for the U.S.A. As for his travel ban, he is only doing it for America’s safety (and to satisfy the media’s thirst for controversy). He is probably being over-cautious in an attempt to stop a repeat of the 9/11 tragedy. Again, e can’t be sure…

      Delta

  2. Thanks for replying Delta.

    I completely agree fake news is worth fighting!

    Great to see you responding to these challenges. Can you find some evidence to back up your points? This helps to make an opinion stronger. For example, can you find evidence to show that Trump’s climate change policy or his travel ban policy is good for America?

    You wrote: “He says in the video that he is a victim of it (reporters saying that he is fighting the media as a whole, not just fake news) so I think that he may be telling the truth, but we will never know for sure.” This implies that you trust what Trump has to say, but you also say you can’t know for sure. Can you give some strong reasons for why you think he is telling the truth? Some evidence to support this would help make this opinion stronger.

    • St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

      Trump’s travel ban has been deeply criticised, however, it will prove helpful to Trump’s overall goal, improving the safety of the U.S.A. Maybe a smart move from here would be to ban guns as well. The Paris attacks, a tragic event that took place last year, was caused by people (possible terrorists) sneaking into the country, as evidenced by the fake passport found on the scene. Maybe, after events like these happening, banning illegal immigration wouldn’t be so bad. Although, some immigrants are people who could fit into society and help economies. However, the media only highlights the bad people, giving us all a bad impression on immigrants. Due to the risk of the ‘bad people’ coming in, America has taken control over their borders and banned immigrants (a bit like England’s control over its borders). As for his climate change policy, I feel that it may be less important than security in general. Even though it is sad to watch polar bears slowly die out, the U.S.A has more important things to worry about. I would not agree with this but I can see his perspective. Finally, I think Trump is telling the truth because he tends to keep to his word (evidenced by him going ahead with the wall and travel ban) I also may be a bit biased as I supported Trump, to begin with, but my reasons are a whole other issue so I won’t go into detail here.

      Thanks for reading!

      Delta

      • Thanks Delta,

        Using the example that Trump has tried to follow through with some of his bolder promises during the election campaign (such as the travel ban) as a way to suggest we can trust him is a logical reason. It is relevant and accurate. Well done.

        It’s really important to make sure the information you give is accurate. You said the Paris attacks in November 2015: “was caused by people (possible terrorists) sneaking into the country”. This is incorrect. Most of the people involved were European nationals.

        I’m interested in what you wrote about the media’s influence on how we view things. You said: “the media only highlights the bad people, giving us all a bad impression on immigrants. Due to the risk of the ‘bad people’ coming in, America has taken control over their borders and banned immigrants”. Do you think the media influences the way that we make decisions? Can you think of any other examples?

  3. Grace Academy Coventry Grace Academy Coventry

    how do you feel about the fake news. do you think that you are able to trust the news? when you know that some of it may be lies.

  4. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    Donald Trump benefited from fake news as Clinton was also targeted.
    lilyose

  5. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I completely agree with you Delta! I love all of the brilliant vocabulary you are using. Do you think Teresa May has made the right decision on calling a General Election? I think she shouldn’t have done it, particularly not when she was “I’m not calling a General Election, I’m not calling a General Election,” and then “Guess what? I’m calling a General Election!” First the attack at Westminster Abbey and now this. I hope there’s no more bombshells. And no-one who’ll be a terrible Prime Minister (like a English Donald Trump) wins the election. Cross fingers!
    -CoolBooks

  6. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I think Donald trump benefit from fake news because if some one puts some thing up about him that is true he could deny it and people would believe him because they know fake new is going around.
    lil’dp

    • Interesting thought lil’dp,

      Can you develop this idea? Can you find any examples where Trump has accused the media of fake news when it is real?

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