Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit
Getting back to the original topic...
Derek Paulson at Prepared Patriot had a bit of incite:
"The best tool for distinguishing fact from fiction in current events is repose. You would do better to read a newspaper story the next day in The New York Times than a wire story that was written in 10 minutes and slapped up on a thousand Web sites. But you will usually do much better to read a lengthy account in the New Yorker weeks later, or even months or years later, than any account written in the thicket of events.
Going back to the archives and reading day-after coverage of major events -- something like the Challenger disaster, or the Iran Air 655 tragedy, or the months leading up to the Iraq war -- can be very instructive. It usually takes months, at least, for the real story to emerge.
You cannot reliably expect to learn what matters in real time. You often need to be patient for the truth to come out."
Perhaps the spate of fake news is caused by our need for instant gratification, our demand to know RIGHT NOW, that has lead to sloppy journalism being rushed to get the scoop on the competition.