Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Log In Log In Today’s Paper U.S. | Satire or Deceit? Christian Humor Site Feuds With Snopes Advertisement Supported by The Babylon Bee says Snopes went too far in fact-checking a satirical story. Snopes had suggested the Bee twisted its joke to deceive readers. ByNiraj Chokshi Aug 3, 2019 It’s a fake-news feud made for 2019. On one side is Snopes, the influential fact-checking website founded 25 years ago. On the other is the Babylon Bee, They are fighting over how Snopes characterizes stories published by the suggesting that the satirical site may be twisting its jokes to deceive readers. “The reason we have to take it seriously is because social networks, which we depend on for our traffic, have relied upon fact-checking sources “In cases where they’re calling us fake news and lumping us in with them rather than … [Read more...] about Satire or Deceit? Christian Humor Site Feuds With Snopes
Snopes.com was granted a partial but significant victory in its ongoing legal battle with San Diego-based media firm Proper Media over ownership of the fact-checking site.Tuesday, San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith Hayes finalized her tentative ruling on three pre-trial motions, confirming her decisions first issued on Aug. 3. As such, Snopes CEO David Mikkelson will remain in power of the myth-debunking site and the company will get to collect advertising funds that have been withheld by Proper Media since April.Lawyers on both sides did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Proper Media sued Snopes’ parent company Bardav, Inc. and Mikkelson in May. The firm, which manages all ad sales and placements on behalf of Snopes, alleged breach of contract and is simultaneously seeking to be recognized as a 50 percent owner of Bardav. The early site-salvaging wins for Snopes may be short-lived, as the judge also ruled that Proper Media can move forward with some of its … [Read more...] about Snopes.com victorious in pre-trial motions
Anthony L. Fisher, provided by Published 2:56 pm CST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Survival Media Agency via AP The news cycle was dominated by two stories over the weekend, both of which proved seriously flawed. BuzzFeed News' bombshell report that President Trump told his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was described as "not accurate" by the special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Then, a video that appeared to show white male high-school students in "MAGA" hats harassing and intimidating a Native American elder went viral. But the initial reporting on that story turned out to be, at best, incomplete. In a time where the president disparages journalists as "enemies of the people" and public confidence in media is cratering, journalists must prioritize factual reporting over narratives. If you pay attention to political media at all or, worse, are an active Twitter user, you couldn't miss either of the weekend's monster-sized stories. One was seen as a … [Read more...] about Facts matter more than takes. The BuzzFeed ‘bombshell’ and ‘MAGA’ viral video proved it once again.
By Edmund Lee Published 2:30 pm PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 On the internet, conspiracy theories, propaganda and plain old inaccuracies can stump even the most thoughtful readers, spreading faster than you can say “fake news.” A small startup, NewsGuard, says it may have a solution. The effort is led by a pair of veteran news executives — Steven Brill, an author and founder of the American Lawyer magazine, and Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of the Wall Street Journal. On Wednesday, the company announced that it has signed Microsoft as its first major client. NewsGuard has created the equivalent of nutrition labels for news organizations, rating more than 2,000 news and information sites with tags: red for unreliable, green for trustworthy. A team of roughly 50 journalists and analysts is making the evaluations. NewsGuard has given its stamp of approval to longtime publications like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as later … [Read more...] about Veterans of the news business are now fighting fakes
Two archive clips have been unearthed to jokingly suggest Trump’s focus on walls has a much richer history. Donald Trump is currently embroiled in a dispute with Democrats over funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. Building the structure was a key campaign pledge and something the US president has been keen to deliver during his first two years in office. But now footage has emerged to playfully question whether Trump’s current wall focus has a somewhat longer backstory. The fact-checking website Snopes says it has verified a video posted online of a 1950s western TV series featuring ‘Trump’ and a wall. In it, ‘Trump’ is a snake oil salesman character who promises to build a wall around a town to prevent the end of the world. “I am the only one,” ‘Trump’ says in a conversation with residents. “Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate.” “What do we do?” ask the … [Read more...] about Come up Trumps: archive clips triumph at poking fun at Donald’s wall links