It was just three days ago that I devoted an entire post to Sarah Palin’s promotion of “Fake News”. She highlighted a story about a reporter with the Washington Post that never happened. She never issued an apology or retraction.
Today she climbs onto her soap box to suggest that the media is guilty of promoting “fake news.” The story Palin complains about was a story of two students who faked an assault on a Muslim girl. If reporters were deceived, the students involved intended that result. If the students involved were criticized, it was their intention to gain attention. Perhaps they should apologize to the media for staging the assault?
Think Lawrence will issue a retraction?
We aren’t exactly dealing with the most classy guy in the world.”
The video, titled “Welcome to Washburn,” went viral since it was posted to Facebook, with more than 6.5 million views, more than 161,000 shares and more than 29,000 comments — many supporting the girl, who appears to be defending herself. The realityis that the video was staged and has now been removed. Perhaps this is a commentary on the effect of social media. When something is posted on Facebook or appears on Twitter, there is a real possibility that the story is false. Thus the very politicians, like Trump and Palin, who communicate through social media, are the very reason that stories like this are believed. Trump and Palin can create news that has no basis in reality or fact, but people believe them.