Where the evidence of fake news is really hiding

When it comes to sniffing out whether a source is credible or not, even journalists can sometimes take the wrong approach.

  • We all think that we're competent consumers of news media, but the research shows that even journalists struggle with identifying fact from fiction.
  • When judging whether a piece of media is true or not, most of us focus too much on the source itself. Knowledge has a context, and it's important to look at that context when trying to validate a source.
  • The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
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How the Spanish press became corrupted

A new book from the former editor of El Mundo describes a culture of corruption in Spain's press. In exchange for favorable coverage of politicians and corporations, bribes.

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  • David Jiménez, former editor of El Mundo, recently published a book called El Director that describes the rampant corruption he saw while running the newspaper.
  • The corruption of Spanish press is symptomatic of a larger issue with corruption that is on-going in Spain.
  • Most recently, the People's Party was ousted from power after a massive corruption scandal, leading to the rise of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party. However, whether El Mundo can escape from the culture of corruption it experienced under the previous regime remains to be seen.
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How the media stokes compassion. And why it's a double-edged sword.

Compassion is one of several news values that determine if a story is published.

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  • How the media frame a story can influence who the audience feels compassionate toward.
  • Part of telling a story requires combatting inherent obstacles to sustained compassion.
  • Compassion is one of several news values that determine if a story is published.
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What an image of Trump golfing says about political cartooning

The cartoon heard 'round the world and what happened after.

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  • A cartoon has drawn controversy for depicting president Trump playing golf near the corpses of two migrants.
  • The artist who drew the images was let go from several major newspapers after the image went viral.
  • The incident speaks to the continuing power of political cartoons, even as the medium declines.
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Do newspaper presidential endorsements matter anymore?

Lots of newspapers endorse candidates, but why? Does it actually help?

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  • Lots of newspapers endorse presidential candidates, but the practice has been questioned in recent years.
  • Perceived bias is a big part of the recent decline of trust in media.
  • One study found endorsements can change people's minds, but only under certain circumstances.
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