Los Angeles Times

Fake news writers abuse free speech

Re “A click-based empire,” Business, Nov. 26


I am sickened by the actions of these men who deceive the public with fake “news,” not themselves believing what they write. They do this solely for personal profit.

I think most intelligen­t people understand that the Internet contains an abundance of false and misleading informatio­n. However, there are millions of naive people who believe anything they read, regardless of the source. If it’s on Facebook, they think it must be true.

Real journalist­s don’t make stuff up just to get “eyeballs” on their words and profits for themselves; real journalist­s actually research and report on facts.

Knowing that there are people who earn big bucks by disseminat­ing hateful, dangerous and incorrect informatio­n is frightenin­g. The cynical actions of the two men profiled bode ill for our nation.

Just as it is illegal to

shout “fire” in a crowded theater, shouldn’t there be a way to stop the proliferat­ion of “fake news” through legal means? Elaine Bramen

Sherman Oaks

Liberty Writers News founders Paris Wade and Ben Goldman are an affront to good journalism and a threat to our democracy. They represent everything that is wrong with the Internet. They profit handsomely from deception and lies and foment distrust not only of government, but also of the media. That should trouble everyone who read the story.

Wade and Goldman insist their readers know what they’re producing is fake, but I’m not convinced. Facebook is littered with this kind of tripe posing as news, and it gets shared over and over again to the point that people actually believe it. That’s insidious to our democracy.

The 1st Amendment guarantees freedom of the press and, by extension, the Internet. These two abuse that freedom at everyone’s expense. Brett Becker


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