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The Influence of

Fake News Stories

" It is impossible to tell how much influence the fake US news stories or the ones that originated in Russia had on the election. "

 

The 2016 Presidential election set a record for news items that were pure fiction but were widely believed and distributed.

Some were created by US businessmen because they generated profits. These fake news reports were also believed because an ill-informed segment of US society wanted to believe them.

They were also believed because the originators took great effort in disguising them as legitimate news.

In a seven minute audio file National Public Radio reported an in-depth investigation on fake news and found that almost all were pro-Trump and anti-Clinton.

It is impossible to tell how much influence the false pro-Trump stories originating in Russia had on the election.

When voters were questioned, the purely erroneous assertions were often repeated as a way of explaining why they voted the way they did.  


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