By now, you’ve heard the news: The top 20 fake stories received more “shares, reactions, and comments” than the 20 top real news stories in the final months of the presidential campaign.
December 9, 2016
Disruption and transformation are a bumpy ride. But during these last several months, the transformation of the news industry seems to have been further derailed by a mutation.
The mutants — interloper propaganda sites parading as news — took over the web during the final months of the election and most certainly changed the conditions on the ground for legitimate news organizations. It’s a bigger problem than just trying to figure out a sustainable model to fund good reporting — people are apparently more apt to gravitate to nonsense.
December 7, 2016
So we’ve just been through the most incredible presidential campaign in our lifetime.
And we’re all still talking about — even those who voted for him — that yes, indeed, come Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States.
But here’s the reality:
Something that will have a much bigger impact on the wallets of Connecticut residents is starting a few weeks earlier — the 2017 General Assembly legislative session.
As with most things we do, we have set an ambitious goal over the next few weeks to raise another $6,000 or so on our way to our annual goal of $24,000. The money will help us cover the upcoming 2017 legislative session. And it’s shaping up to be a busy one, folks.
We believe (and hope) that our coverage on the site and our “Morning Coffee and Politics” email are providing a lot of important information to make your days at the state Capitol easier.
December 6, 2016
When I landed my first job at a newspaper, our stories were typed into a computer and then printed. The columns were cut with scissors, run through a waxer, and then pasted onto “boards” on heavier paper — I think they were called “mechanicals.” This all happened in what was called the “composing room.”
December 4, 2016
This website was launched in 2005 to fill a void in news coverage at the state Capitol. Our tagline — Because You Need It. Bad. — was true from the start. But it was originally based on the dearth of coverage, the empty desks in the Capitol press room.
Today, it has a new meaning. Because You Need It. Bad. is now more apt as a reality check against the propaganda that has been parading as news. Frankly, propaganda is worse than a lack of coverage.
November 30, 2016
“Fake news” is all the rage now. Since Election Day, articles have appeared daily, outlining this latest scourge infecting the nation’s news landscape.
November 23, 2016
In his election night speech, President-elect Donald Trump claimed, “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”
November 18, 2016
One of the great promises of the internet was that it would be a conduit for truth; repressive governments would be hard put to stop the flow of news from reaching their citizens. What we’ve gotten instead is a deluge of fake and grossly biased “news” sources that have made it a lot more difficult for us to tell what’s real.
November 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election but it appears the real casualty in the partisan wars was the truth, which during the presidential campaign took quite a drubbing — not only among the candidates themselves but in what passes for political discourse in the social media echo chamber. Or if you’re picking winners instead of losers, listen to my colleague Barth Keck, who says the grand victor was confirmation bias.