Sharyl Attkisson

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Sharyl Attkisson is an American writer, TV host as well as an authority on media, media bias, and disinformation. Sharyl Attkisson TedTalk on astroturf.Sharyl Attkisson TedTalk on FakeNews


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Sharyl Attkisson TedTalk on FakeNews -
Sharyl Attkisson did an great video on origins of FakeNews, what is it, where did it come from, and who is behind it? Is FakeNews real? With examples like Richard Jewel, Sandyhook, UVA Campus Rape, Michael Brown. An organization called First Draft started it, and was sponsored by Media Matters and Obama supporters like Eric Schmidt and got Google News Labs involved in created the narrative in 2015: that you could only trust far left sources on what was fake or real. But the FakeNews backfired on the creators like WaPo, that now run from the term, because it applies too well to them.

Sharyl Attkisson TedTalk on astroturf. -
Sharyl Attkisson did an amusing video on the age of astroturf, and how what people see if manipulated. She dived into fake medical stories, and Wikipedia. She deconstructed the problem with Wikipedia when author Philip Roth was not allowed to make edits on his own page, because he wasn't considered a credible source to comment on himself or his books characters. Or that there were paid promoters editors on there, or an audit had 90% of their medical articles disagreeing with medical research, and so on.


I really like her stuff, partly because she's easy on the eyes and ears, and she agrees with me, but mostly because she forms well thought out and well explained points, with anecdotes and data to back them up.


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