It seems that if you label something “fake news” and add some pretty charts, a certain class of people will share it around like others share pictures of big breasted women or stories accusing Hillary of murder.
Consider this study published at CJR [Columbia Journalism Review], which purports to be the “calculated look at fake news’s reach” that has been “missing from the conversation” (suggesting its author may be unfamiliar with this Stanford study or even the latest BuzzFeed poll).
It has pretty pictures everyone is passing around on Twitter (the two charts look sort of like boobies, don’t you think?).Moar fake fake news.
The Latest “Fake” News Tizzy: Garbage In, Garbage Out
emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler)