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Outside the Box: The truth about real news versus ‘fake news’ is not fit to print

We apparently live in a “post-truth” world, where debates and decisions are increasingly removed from facts. Pundits point to the populace’s loss of trust in the mass media, now at record lows. Part of the blame, they argue, lies with the industry and so-called fake news, fueled by technologies that rapidly propagate lies, rumor, and gossip instead of accurate information.

True or not, the uproar really is not about what the public sees, but who controls it.

The real, and hard, truth is that news, information and opinion has always been designed to portray events in a certain way, to influence decisions, and to achieve specified outcomes.

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