“I think Trump is in the White House because of me”. This essay will discuss whether or not untrustworthy journalists have left us vulnerable to fake news or not.
With fake news running rampant, trust in social media has fallen greatly. According to Gallup, an American research-based company, trust in the media among people has fallen from 53% to 30%, and among Democrats, it has fallen from 64% to 51%. Pseudo journalists are to blame for this fall.
Untrustworthy journalists have left has vulnerable to fake news, as in an episode of the comedy show South Park which aired 2015 titled “You’re not Yelping”, the episode criticised Yelp and compared Yelpers to ISIS. A fake article was written claiming Yelp filed a lawsuit against the show (Rustling and News, 2015). However, A real spokesperson from Yelp said: “The rumor about a Yelp lawsuit is entirely untrue and was started by a satire site that has received far too much media credibility.” (Shah, 2015)
On the other hand, the people are also to blame, as they do not fact check stories. Paul Horner, 38, a contributor to fake news sites, said: “Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected.” Since people do not fact check anything, it is easier for fake news to be spread.
However, untrustworthy journalists have definitely left us vulnerable to fake news, as they have interfered with politics. With a hoax story of people being paid to protest Trump’s rally, society believed these stories and it eventually led to Trump being elected President (Rustling and News, 2016). “My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me.” Paul Horner said.
Rustling, J. and News, N. (2015) Yelp sues south park for $10 Million over latest episode – NBC news. Available at: http://nbc.com.co/yelp-sues-south-park-for-10-million-over-episode/ (Accessed: 4 January 2017).
Shah, K. (2015) No, yelp is not suing ’south park’ for $10 Million. Available at: http://www.eater.com/2015/10/21/9582228/yelp-not-suing-south-park-for-10-million-satire-hoax (Accessed: 4 January 2017).
Rustling, J. and News, A. (2016) ABC news. Available at: http://abcnews.com.co/donald-trump-protester-speaks-out-i-was-paid-to-protest/ (Accessed: 4 January 2017).