Fake News Legitimate Coverage Donald Trump Discussion

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Fake News.

Just before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, the news media reported on a 32-page dossier that alleges Russian connections with Trump and a potential for Russian influence over the incoming president.

For this discussion forum, I have a simple question: Should the reporting on that 32-page dossier be considered fake news? Here are a few things to consider: Is there a clear-cut distinction that separates fake news from legitimate coverage, or is it a matter of degree? If it's a matter of degree, what is the tipping point? Be sure to justify your answer. Here are a few resources to draw from:

Donald Trump Calls CNN Fake News (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The CNN Story About the Dossier (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

BuzzFeed's Story (Including a Link) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Fake News Definitions, according to The Guardian (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

NPR: A Finder's Guide to Facts (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Poynter Contributor: The Real Problem with Fake News (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Politifact: Media vs. Trump in Defining Fake News (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Calling Bullshit (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (the website of an open class being developed by two UW professors)

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Should the reporting on that 32-page dossier be considered fake news?

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Yes, it should be considered fake news if it does not hold strong grounds of justification,
reliable source nor tangible evidence that links Donald Trump to all those accusations. Maybe its
a plot, the scheme by the opponents to be used against him for purposes of impeachment.
Is there a clear-cut distinction that separates fake news from legitim...

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