• Facebook’s disregard for the truth
    Rod Haxton, editor

Facebook’s disregard for the truth

Try to imagine Walter Cronkite telling his viewers that he wouldn’t want to live in a world where television journalists could only report what was determined to be 100 percent true.

Or what if the publishers of The Washington Post were to set a similar low bar for their journalists - write what you want and let the readers determine whether or not it’s the truth.

Not that broadcast or print journalists are infallible, but neither do they purposely print false information or outright lies. Despite Trump’s repeated rants about the “fake news” our personal integrity and responsibility to our readers/viewers won’t allow that.

Mark Zuckerberg is no journalist and doesn’t pretend to be. Neither does he pretend to abide by any ethical standards even though the CEO of Facebook runs the largest media company in the world that tries to pretend it’s something else.

 

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