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Of course: Facebook’s most trusted anchor is Dan Rather

Say what? …

This explains a lot … If you’ve been scratching your head wondering why so much “fake news” circulates on social media platforms like Facebook, here’s something that may be an answer. The Columbia Journalism Review profiled the rise of Dan Rather as “Facebook’s favorite news anchor.” That’s right: The disgraced former anchor of “CBS Nightly News” who was fired for reporting on an unverified story about President George W. Bush’s military service is the “favorite news anchor” of a large number of people who use Facebook. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

About that columnist who “quit social media” … Last week I highlighted a column by the New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo, in which the author recounted unplugging from the internet and going back to reading physical newspapers. In the column the author also claimed that he refrained from social media use. But he didn’t. The Columbia Journalism Review reports on how the columnist used Twitter regularly during the period he claimed he was on a social media hiatus.

The Review found that he tweeted an average of 15 times a day. The Review also reported on the Times’ reaction to this information: “A Times spokesperson said the paper doesn’t view his assertion as a falsehood, and won’t be issuing a correction.” That response makes you wonder what exactly the Times does regard as a “falsehood.”

Apples everywhere … The known banana-mongers at CNN have set up shop at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. According to Politico’s Michael Calderone, the network has rented space in downtown Austin and decked it out in an apple theme:

A GUY HANDED OUT APPLES as you walked in the door. The bartender served apple old-fashioneds. And CNN chief Jeff Zucker held court on a couch with apple pillows. The network’s fruit-themed space in downtown Austin served to highlight its recent “Facts First” ad campaign that states how an apple is, well, an apple.

Day after day, CNN tells us that bananas are apples. It is hilarious to see the network continue to try to state otherwise.

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