With Donald Trump spouting the term “fake news” during his Presidential campaign trail, the term has been used more and more frequently. However, this piece of jargon could also be argued to fit quite nicely with the current state of UK political media.
In an age where articles are biased to gain more opinionated readers or use “click-bait” headings, how can we trust the news anymore? Recently, the news broke that Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, was dictating Brexit policy and controlling Theresa May.
Honestly, what a load of old tosh. Foster was not controlling May; she rejected a theoretical Brexit deal as Northern Ireland, who voted to leave the European Union, would still be abiding by a majority of European Union policies, thus practically still in it! How is Foster, doing what was voted for by the people of Northern Ireland, “controlling” May?
Even here at Queen Mary University, I spoke to one senior lecturer – who is a top professor I may add – about Jacob Rees-Mogg and had to correct the professor, as they were stating incorrect facts about a quote of his. How are we politically engaged students meant to continue our love of politics if we seemingly can’t trust news outlets? Where are we meant to turn to for our information?
The BBC is one of the few unbiased commentators on affairs, even though they are accused of having far-left and far-right activists on debates and discussions who pontificate “fake news” 24/7. We live in a dangerous age where media, which was once trusted, is now being attacked by the public and other smaller organisations who state they hold the antidote to “fake news.”
Should we trust these more radical, smaller companies? Or do we continue listening to the elite broadcasters and journalists who many are now rejecting?