Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.
This month, which is Catholic Press Month, is a good time to reflect on Pope’s Francis’ Communications Day message and its importance for Catholic journalists around the world as they strive to report the truth and combat fake news in all of its forms.
First, let me be clear: The above headline is not true. I made it up. But another, equally outlandish, claim — “Pope Francis shocks world, endorses Donald Trump for president” — was a real headline that made its way around Facebook in the lead-up to Election Day. It popped into the feed of a friend […]