Media Manipulation: Be On The Lookout for Fake News

Katie Couric - Media Manipulation Fake NewsAs my husband and friends will quickly affirm, there aren’t too many times in my life when I have been rendered speechless. But in the case of recent comments concerning so-called fake news uttered by none other than media personality Katie Couric, that indeed was the case.

No pun intended, but when it comes to the irony of Katie Couric bemoaning the problem of fake news, you literally can’t make this stuff up. After all, it was a little over a year ago that Couric herself was embroiled in a major fake news controversy that led to a $12-million lawsuit filed by a Virginia gun rights group. The Second Amendment advocates went to court over deceptive editing.

So, you can imagine my utter shock when Katie Couric presented herself in a recent interview with the New York Daily News as someone who not only detests fake news but has absolutely nothing to do with it. The final “are you kidding me” moment, however, came when I read Couric’s statement claiming she detests the phenomenon to the point of trying to get her friends and followers to understand how this currently is “tearing [America] apart at the seams.” Well speaking of tearing, I nearly tore my hair out when I read the rest of her comments, which included this gem:

“And until Americans can agree upon some shared sense of reality, they will be continued to be manipulated by distributors of fake news,” Couric said.

Note the phraseology and, more importantly, the lack of self-awareness when talking about a “shared sense of reality” as well as “manipulation by media distributors.” She’s guilty of creating reality on more than one occasion, including the deceptive-editing case.

Actually, the phrase “deceptive editing” is quite the understatement when it comes to what Couric and her colleagues working on her documentary “Under the Gun” pulled… Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly.

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