Fake News: A Definition and Discussion

 

So I wasn’t intending for this to be a political blog when I created it. But alas, I think that’s what it’s going to become, at least for now.

Anyway, we all seem to be talking about fake news these days and in light of recent events I had some thoughts. If you haven’t heard, CNN broke a story about a two page summary brought to the president and president-elect of thirty-five pages of memos about unsubstantiated claims that Russia has compromised Donald Trump. These memos have apparently been circulating around Washington and various media outlets for awhile, but it was the fact that intelligence agencies finally felt compelled to inform Obama and Trump of them in an intelligence briefing that seems to have sparked CNN to break the story. Of course CNN didn’t go into any details as to the context of the memos, since their claims could not be substantiated. They just said that they exist and were brought to the attention of those at the highest level of government.

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Election Thoughts

 

So I’ve been sitting on this WordPress for awhile, thinking I might want to start blogging regularly again with a fresh start. I’ve considered writing about many different topics, but none that came to mind felt like the “right” first post for my fresh start. Well, this certainly doesn’t either, but I feel like I must put all my thoughts out there for the world to see somewhere.

This is very much all over the place but so are my thoughts and feelings.

I come from a largely Republican family. Once I moved away from my parents and had some distance from that family bubble, I liberalized pretty quickly, but this was only the second presidential election during which my politics were different from my family’s. That this election has been harder on me than any other I have lived through is therefore a statement I make with a very small sample size, but it can’t really get worse than this, can it? Because if it can, I honestly don’t know if I want to live long enough to witness it.

I have always prided myself on my ability to debate with people with civility, to not let politics cause any sort of divide between myself and my family, but this time it was oh, so difficult. Very quickly I began to recognize one of the Republican candidates. He mocked people, passed judgements on them based on their physical appearance, he was basically a seventy-year-old version of my elementary and middle school bullies. Not only that, he seemed to inspire such vitriolic racism with his rhetoric that I honestly didn’t think could exist in America in the twenty-first century. Continue reading