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ANEW topic has recently made headlines. This concerns the spread of fake news. News which cannot be substantiated by facts. And, there is always a hidden agenda behind such news. It became a big issue during the United States presidential election. There were claims that the country was bombarded with so much invented news designed to influence the election. That led to a blame game. The Democrats blamed external forces out to discredit their candidate. The Republicans vehemently denied they were involved. Candidate Donald Trump voiced his disappointment with the mainstream media for spreading fake news. Trump, as president, still distrusts the media.
This is apparently not a new phenomenon. In fact, the spreading of untrue news has always been a strategy to shape public opinion. Take the claim of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction fuelled by Western media. It became truly convincing for a global audience. The hidden agenda was to create a case to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Many would not be surprised that there may have been more of such invented news in the past.
Things are different now and getting worse. With the advent of
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017