Media’s Attempt To Slow Trump Lies

Media's Attempt To Slow Trump Lies

The mainstream media has been spreading less of Trump’s nightmare fuel. They are getting better, but are still spreading a lot of misinformation. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook:

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"Major news outlets are doing a better job of rebutting President Donald Trump’s falsehoods on Twitter than they were earlier this year but there is still room for improvement, according to a new study from Media Matters.

Media critics argue that news outlets err by passing along Trump’s misinformation in headlines and social media posts without fact-checking him. In order to assess the scope of the problem, Media Matters reviewed the roughly 2,000 tweets about Trump comments sent by 32 Twitter feeds controlled by major news outlets between July 14 and August 3. We recorded whether the tweets referenced a remark that was false or misleading according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker database and, if so, whether the tweet disputed the misinformation. We compared the results to a study we released earlier this year covering the output of the same Twitter feeds from January 26 through February 15.

Journalists typically treat a politician’s statements as intrinsically newsworthy and highlight them without context in headlines and social media posts. But media critics have argued for years that journalists need to update this traditional method to reflect that this president lies constantly (according to The Washington Post, Trump has made more than 13,000 false or misleading statements as president). When news outlets pass along those statements unchallenged, particularly in the headlines and social media posts that research shows are often all their audience reads, they amplify Trump’s misinformation and damage the broader information ecosystem.

Earlier this year, Media Matters provided the most extensive review yet of the scope of this issue. Our groundbreaking study reviewed thousands of tweets sent between January 26 and February 15 by 32 Twitter feeds controlled by major news organizations."

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