Trump’s victory triggered a narrative of an epidemic of “fake news” and it’s quite easy to see the reason why it happened. Although the media in its entirety hated Trump, he still won.
The Harvard University just established a research guide on fake news. However, all those identified in their findings are reputable conservative websites, and have been described as “fake” or “unreliable.”
The Freedom Daily reports:
The Daily Caller, for instance, is labeled as being “political,” “clickbait,” and having “bias,” whereas The Daily Kos is labeled as “political” “clickbait,” yet is considered “credible.”
Included in the list are other Conservative outlets such as Independent Journal Review, Newsmax, Conservative Review, and The Washington Free Beacon, though none of their liberal counterparts, like Vox, Slate, or Buzzfeed, are on the list. They are categorized as potentially fake or discredited sources. What is even more appalling is the fact that the word “Conservative” appears 19 times while the term “Liberal” has been used only 4 times
Even if you consider the sites above to be sensationalist (and Newsmax, Conservative Review, and the Free Beacon seldom are), that hardly makes them “false.” Maybe “disagreeable” is the word they were looking for.