The term “fake news” was thrust into the limelight after the November election as an excuse for Hillary Clinton losing out to Donald Trump.
…but as with many such efforts from the left, the endeavor was quickly commandeered by conservatives to draw attention to liberal propaganda.
Enter Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, who decided the term has become “tainted” and called for it to be retired.
The term 'fake news' has had its 15 minutes of fame. Real problem; tainted label. Let's retire it. …. My column https://t.co/UwTcAZ7nIv
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) January 8, 2017
The reaction to Sullivan’s article could be filed under “Glass Houses,” as social media users were quick to point out mainstream media shortcomings, beginning with the Washington Post, that could be considered “fake news.”
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— CNN is Fake News (@USPatriot16) January 8, 2017
.@Sulliview I’ll stop using the term “fake news” when your paper stops publishing it.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 10, 2017
— Daniel J. AbbyNormal (@HellBlazeRaiser) January 9, 2017
— Ree Fungorio (@ReeFungorio) January 10, 2017
@Sulliview Was it fake news when The Times was saying Hillary had an 84% chance to win?
I guess in hindsight it was.
— Timothy Connolly CFA (@SconsetCapital) January 8, 2017
— Tis I (@14pointsofview) January 10, 2017
— Just a Good Ol’ Boy (@JustGoodolBoy) January 8, 2017
@Sulliview Why did almost every mainstream publication start using that term at the exact same time? Almost as if it was coordinated 🤔
— Beau Daniel (@beaudaniel) January 10, 2017
— femifisting (@femifisting) January 9, 2017
— Tammy Kosiancic (@TammyKosiancic) January 8, 2017
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