The Fake News Theory

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The ‘fake news’ theory relating to The New York Times and its readership

JULIA WALKER

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @newyorktimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, but the enemy of the American people,” stated Trump via twitter on February 17, 2017

The New York Times, viewed as the ideal culmination of truth and creativity by the American press industry has recently been under fire for producing “fake news’”regarding President Donald Trump. The motto of the paper (always stated in the left hand corner of the front page) is “All the news that’s fit to print.” In addition, a common saying within the office is “we report the news without fear or favor.” Still, a large portion of American people are weary of the news they read within The New York Times and other major news outlets.

A Monmouth University poll was released in April, showing that out of 830 American respondents, 77 percent said major news outlets report “fake news.”
According to a Quinnipiac poll released mid-August, 51 percent of Republicans say they believe Trump’s statement that news is “the enemy of the American people.” In addition, 5 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Independents believe the same.

What does The New York Times have to say about this issue?

Sapna Maheshwari, an advertising reporter for the New York Times and East Lyme graduate, stated: “I cannot opine on the terms [Donald Trump] used, but can say: The comments show how important it is for people to independently recognize the value of a free press and journalism overall. It’s more important than ever for schools and libraries to teach students how to parse through information online, especially with the news, to determine which sources they can trust.”

David Gelles, New York Times corner office columnist for The New York Times, declined to comment regarding Trump’s statement as he prefers to stay away from politics.

Exaggerated or false news can be easier to find because of social media’s large impact on everyday life in America. However, it is important to read news from trustworthy sources and find news supported by facts.

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