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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fake news a creation of Fox

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:01 am

Where did “fake news” come from? In the U.S. it came from Rupert Murdoch's Fox News via Roger Ailes. Ailes was Donald Trump's enabler at Fox, and after getting canned from sexual harassment at Fox, he accepted a campaign position in Trump's bid for the White House.”Fake News,” by far is at the top of Trump's Twitter feed today, according to USA Today (July 4).

To be precise and concise, by the 1980s, while I lectured in Beijing and India, the network media trend was fully apparent: News became fluffier, hosts became airier and less assured of their own moral authority.

Ailes quickly filled the void with “fair and balanced,” a new media definition of civility that privileged “a balance” over truth-telling, even when Fox was lying.

B. J. Paschal

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