Mass Media Fake News Discussion


  • When you encounter information through the mass media (such as social media, a newspaper or magazine, TV or radio program, or the internet in general), what is your process for evaluating if the information presented is reliable, valid, and factual?
  • As you encounter information, how do you determine that you can trust the information?
  • Offer an example of a media source that you think is not trustworthy. Why so?
  • Offer an example of a media source that you think IS trustworthy. Why so?


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  • The media source you identified earlier this week as not trustworthy… obviously other people DO trust this source because it is still in business, right? So what makes other people willing to believe what comes from this source of information when you do not believe it?
  • Any discussion of untrustworthy media leads to us talking about “Fake News.” But let’s think about “Fake News” in light of the protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. Under the terms of this essential guarantee of rights, is “Fake News” unconstitutional?


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