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  • How One Website Sets Out to Classify News, Expose ‘Fake News

    The term ‘fake news’ has been uttered quite frequently in many different contexts and in various halls of power, authority and publicity in the last few years (what might be referred to as the “Trump Era”). From the–once–hallowed podium of the White House’s James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to the chaotic forums of Twitter, Facebook and Reddit, the phrase ‘fake news’ has been embraced by the President and anonymous internet surfers alike with an almost cathartic glee.

    ‘Fake news’ has officially entered the American Lexicon and quickly risen up the ranks of frequent usage to become one of the most popular colloquial phrases of the Trump era. The term has become so ubiquitous that, despite it’s quite literal wording–describing news that purposefully presents falsity as fact–its actual meaning has become cryptic to us. Therein lies the dilemma; the term is ubiquitous, but it’s often not being used to describe actual fake news.

    “Fake news is a concrete term,” says Dave Van Zandt, “Something is considered fake news when it is done deliberately for some purpose such as profit or influence.” Van Zandt is the owner and proprietor of Media Bias Fact Check (MBFC), an independent online media outlet that attempts to educate readers about bias and deception in the media.

    MBFC has a team of researchers who, it notes, are not “professional journalists,” but rather “media consumers just like you,” who are all college educated and have “a common interest in keeping media accountable for their words and information.”


    You can view the entire article here:http://www.insidesources.com/one-web...ose-fake-news/
    Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

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    Meanwhile, THIS board keeps logging members off, not allowing them to make posts, deal with PMs, etc. Got to keep deleting board cookies, FREQUENTLY. It ain't just me, color of law reports the same problem.

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    • #3
      Same issue here.
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        Knocked off 3 times just to post this.

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          I feel ya, however... as opposed to chasing problems in this forum, we are focusing on the overhaul. The new software is purchased, and tech guys are working on the new forums as we speak. All the little technical issues with this old phpBB board will be gone soon enough :wink:
          Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

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            Meanwhile, THIS board keeps logging members off, not allowing them to make posts, deal with PMs, etc. Got to keep deleting board cookies, FREQUENTLY. It ain't just me, color of law reports the same problem.

            Strange, I've been a member here for 9 years on, at least, 3 different computers and using different browsers and have never had that happen.
            AlanM
            There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men. - RAH
            Four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo - use in that order.
            If you aren't part of the solution, then you obviously weren't properly dissolved.

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              The new software is purchased, and tech guys are working on the new forums as we speak. All the little technical issues with this old phpBB board will be gone soon enough :wink:

              Aaron, what is the status of the new forums?
              _Don_

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              • #8
                One of the key people working on the project was off for the birth of his first child. He is back and working diligently to complete the project. Dean and I are in the process of approving page layouts, logo art and color schemes right now!
                Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

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