Please, John El­way, don’t tweet like Trump about “fake news”

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: James Churches,

“Bron­cos’ John El­way re­futes QB trade ru­mor with ‘fake news’ tweet,” Aug. 9 news story (on­line only).

As a life­long Bron­cos fan and en­thu­si­as­tic ad­mirer of John El­way, I was sorely disappointed in his tweet about a quar­ter­back trade ru­mor. It’s one thing to re­fute the ru­mor, but it’s quite an­other to do so as if you are a Don­ald Trump clone call­ing any news story you dis­agree with “fake news.” Our pres­i­dent has done enough to dis­credit the jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sion in our coun­try with­out our foot­ball hero pil­ing on.

I do not know the ve­rac­ity of the story re­port­ing about a Denver quar­ter­back trade or the re­li­a­bil­ity of the ra­dio show’s source, but let’s not launch a knee-jerk tweet about it ac­cus­ing the ra­dio show of mak­ing the story up.

Peo­ple like Mr. El­way and Mr. Trump need to stop mud­dy­ing the wa­ters about what is and is not fake news. A news tip from a re­li­able but anony­mous source is not fake news. It’s jour­nal­ism. It’s how writ­ers do their jobs. Fake news is when you make some­thing up out of thin air to pur­pose­fully dam­age a per­son or a cause.

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