“Activism in the Digital Age,” the first in a series of three seminars exploring how social media is influencing the current political climate in the United States, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan…
Constantly Calling News Fake Undercuts Fourth Estate, Says Syracuse Free Speech Expert
An expert on communications law and the First Amendment, Roy Gutterman is director of the Newhouse School’s Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University. He says the trend of labeling factual news as fake news is an attempt to undercut, discredit and destabilize journalism.
“It’s no secret the fake news appellation is catching on at all levels from the upper echelons of journalism to high school and college. It is an attempt to undercut, discredit and destabilize journalism.
“There is a vast difference between news people in power do not like and outright fabrication. Constantly calling news fake news undercuts the Fourth Estate.”
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