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Mainstream media already has itself on the ropes in the fake news fight

By Erica Ifill, Amy Kishek      

This election is already acrimonious, but what confidence can we have in news if the media can’t exercise enough digital judgement to decipher the wheat from the chaff?

The image that launched a thousand tweets, even if it didn’t tell the whole story. That video of a seeming snub of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro went wild online before it was debunked, shows the media isn’t ready for the fake-news fight, write Erica Ifill and Amy Kishek. Screenshot courtesy of Global News

OTTAWA—Months after the 2019 budget announced the details $600-million bailout meant to help the fledgling and inflexible Canadian news media industry, they’ve been complicit in spreading disinformation.

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