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Mistakes in the News Are Not Fake News, by Todd Gitlan

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'What journalists market is credibility, by doing an honest job trying to tell true stories. In the process, journalists make mistakes. The key to journalism, as to science, is the verification that follows on discovery. Verification is hard. Deadlines clamor. There’s nobody in the newsroom but human beings. There’s no vetting that doesn’t, at times, fail....BUT Trump and his chorus are the pots calling the kettle fake. Trump is a propagandist surrounded by propagandists.  We are plummeting into an age when on-line fabrication, even videos, will be routine, increasingly slick, increasingly useful for scammers and tweeters everywhere. The technology  is improving. (See this video ); On the way to the next generation in fakery, we have already passed into a twilight zone.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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