In 2017 #fakenews does not really mean the news is false, but is now broadly interpreted as being “made up” to fit a narrative. The current President likes to hammer on CNN and the New York Times as “fake news” but nothing in what they report is false. To the partisan eye it may be intentionally misleading, but it is not fake.
That said it was on this day in 1770 that #fakenews may have been born. The setting: a group of protesters become increasingly angry at government presence. Tempers flare and violence ensues. When the smoke clears 5 lay dead and seven are wounded. Those are the facts that could be readily agreed upon by all — but it is not how it will be presented to America. Continue reading