Summary of "Fake News Fooling Millions!" and Proof of it's Reliability
by Mattevan on January 31, 2017 - 10:26am
Article: “Fake News Fooling Millions!” by Carl Stoffers, The New York Times: Upfront, January 9th 2017, http://upfront.scholastic.com/issues/01_09_17/fake-news-fools-millions/
The article “Fake News Fooling Millions!” talks about the copious amount of people believing in the non-legitimate news stories that are going viral on the internet. The author of the article states that the sites that are posting false news “are eroding the public’s ability to distinguish between fact and fiction.”. According to a Stanford University study, 80 percent of middle school students believed in a fake advertisement disguised as news. Another shocking truth about people’s gullibility is the documentation of 28,000 people sharing a fake news article on Facebook that they read on the website FreeThoughtProject.com about U.S. Marines heading to Europe to battle Russia. Carl Stoffers, the author of “Fake News Fooling Millions!”, mentions that the aspect of anonymity on the internet is a large contributing factor to the copious amounts of fake news being spread on the internet. He gives an example of a 17-year-old, in Macedonia, who invented stories about the U.S. election, on the website called DailyNewsPolitics.com. The teenager disclosed that he “… started the site for an easy way to make money” while speaking to a BuzzFeed.com interviewer.
This article is credible because it was written by an associate editor, Carl Stoffers, at The New York Times journal. He has worked at numerous journalist occupations including: The Marshall Project, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Vice & Garden State Journal. The author also graduated from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.