fake news

Matt Peiken | BPR News

If you’re a personal, face-to-face friend of a young African-American man in Asheville named Clifton Peterson, the rest of this story is fake news. But unless proof appears to the contrary, it appears the fake is Clifton Peterson.

Fake profiles are as old as social media itself. What’s notable here is someone using the name Clifton Peterson spent nearly a year creating posts and comments to disrupt, divide, engage and enrage communities on Facebook pages devoted to Asheville Politics and the Black Lives Matter movement.

A Conversation With David Brooks of the NY Times

Oct 12, 2017

New York Times political columnist and frequent commentator for NPR's All Things Considered David Brooks sat down with BPR's Jeremy Loeb for a discussion about the state of our country and media during the Trump presidency.  

Fake news has received significant attention in the wake of the 2016 election. But to many in the news industry, it’s the continuing demise of real news organizations that raises bigger warning flags.

By now, you've probably heard at least pieces of a bizarre tale that's been dubbed "PizzaGate."  The story was fueled by conspiracy theorists on social media and fake news sites, and  involved false claims of a child sex ring that was supposedly operating in tunnels beneath a Washington, DC., restaurant called Comet Ping Pong. The pre-election conspiracy stories alleged that Hillary Clinton was behind the supposed sex ring.