Brokaw: Journos Should Expose Fake News

NBC newsman Tom Brokaw, longtime anchor at NBC's Nightly News before stepping down in 2004, accepted an award from Syracuse University on Tuesday. Brokaw says the amount of false stories in the news ecosystem doesn't get enough attention. He challenged fellow journalists to write more about the scourge of "fake news."

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News’ elder statesman Tom Brokaw is challenging fellow journalists to write more about the scourge of “fake news.”

The newsman said he has a close friend who believes blatantly false stories even though Brokaw demonstrates to him that they’re not true. The 77-year-old Brokaw, longtime anchor at NBC’s “Nightly News” before stepping down in 2004, accepted an award from Syracuse University on Tuesday.

Brokaw says the amount of false stories in the news ecosystem doesn’t get enough attention.

He said the lesson of the last election for journalists is too many were covering the story from the top down instead of the bottom up – meaning they need to get out in the country and find out what people are thinking.

 

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Cheryl Thorne says:

June 14, 2017 at 7:37 am

Coming from the Great Grandfather of Fake News..Just laughable!!!!

    kendra campbell says:

    June 14, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Shame on you.

    John Bagwell says:

    June 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Another day, another username!

    Veronica Serrano Padilla says:

    June 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    So on a story about fake news, a fake poster chimes in with yet another fake user name and claims a real newsman is fake. Got to laugh at this.

Cheryl Thorne says:

June 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

This is analogous (hope that’s not to be a word for you news people) to the person who starts the fight then steps back and watches the fight he started then comments on the fight..Like what Obama has done his whole life!!

    Shenee Howard says:

    June 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

    We get it. You did not like Obama. That is your opinion. However this story has nothing to do with Obama. It is a fake news. And although some outlets have been notorious for reporting it, it has exploded in the past year. It iis time people stop blaming others when things are not going their way, and actually do somehting about it.

james abels says:

June 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

I agree with Mr. Brokaw. However, an introspection needs to be done first with a standard that practices balanced coverage and eliminating or at least minimizing the Sins of Omission. I’ve seen a lot of this from the Extreme Left and the extreme Right. It’s unfortunate that I see the Mainstream outlets as the Extreme Left.

Julien Devereux says:

June 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

What they should do is stop calling it “Fake News” and call it what it is: Lies and propaganda.

    Veronica Serrano Padilla says:

    June 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    …or they could just call it Fox News…

Snead Hearn says:

June 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

I believe Mark Twain said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”. Thank you Mr. Brokaw for recognizing the blatantly false stories and speaking out.

Gregg Palermo says:

June 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

One of the blatantly fake stories last week was NYT and CNN reporting what Comey would testify and got it horribly wrong. If the opposing media use fake news in both directions, does it not simply cancel out?


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