Talking Point 30.7.2018 04:26 pm

The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm. ‘Bullsh*t’ is better

We’d actually all be better off if we stopped using the label entirely and just got back to using tried-and-tested language.

During a recent press conference in the UK, Donald Trump shut down a reporter from the news network he loves to hate. “CNN is fake news – I don’t take questions from CNN,” he said, moving swiftly on to a reporter from Fox News.

The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm. ‘Bullsh*t’ is better
The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm. ‘Bullsh*t’ is better

The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm. ‘Bullsh*t’ is better

We’d actually all be better off if we stopped using the label entirely and just got back to using tried-and-tested language.

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