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Do you believe fake news?

Efforts by Facebook to stop fake news from being posted is encouraging.  Meanwhile, many of us in the news profession are puzzled by the idea that people actually believe what they read in social media.

After all, anyone can write anything on a site like Facebook.  No one checks it for accuracy.

Those who believe the so-called news on Facebook probably also believe what they read in the National Enquirer.

The news provided by reputable news organizations is written by professional journalists who try very hard to impartially present both sides of the story.  Their stories are checked by editors before the public sees them.

Much of the recent fake news was generated during the election campaign.  Unfortunately, we have seen in recent campaigns that if a lie about a candidate is told over and over, people begin to believe it.  This tactic was seen more than ever in 2016.

We have heard that people wondered why so many smears and accusations were not reported by the mainstream media.  Well, itís because most responsible journalists donít report unsubstantiated information.

Thatís what fake news is -- unsubstantiated.

If you want accuracy, read the newspaper.

If you want to be entertained, read fake news (But please, donít believe it.).

Good luck, Facebook.  We hope your efforts to stop or at least slow down fake news is successful.

 

Dubious weather recap

During a cloudy week, we saw about 1.5 inches of snow on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 29.  The highs last week were: 29, 36, 34, 35, 36, 34, and 42.  The lows were: 20, 20, 32, 32, 32, 26, and 24.

 

Thanks for the tip

Thanks, Rob LaPlante, for information about a Buffalo High School graduate performing as a member of the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders squad.  Jessica Bjoreís story is on the feature page this week.