June 12, 2017

Our problem isn’t ‘fake news.’ Our problems are trust and manipulation.

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”— Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) “Fake news” is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems: […]
May 2, 2017

Fueling a flight to quality

Storyful and Moat — together with CUNY and our new News Integrity Initiative*— have announced a collaboration to help advertisers and platforms avoid associating with and supporting […]
April 5, 2017

Anne Applebaum analyses Putin propaganda not so much as lies, but as “an attack on the idea of truth itself”

Sam Harris interviews Anne Applebaum, Russia expert, for his consistently excellent podcast ‘Waking Up’. Applebaum gives examples of a new type of propaganda which uses […]
April 3, 2017

Real News

I’m proud that we at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow-Knight Center just announced the creation of the News Integrity Initiative, charged with […]
March 22, 2017

Quality over crap

We keep looking at the problems of fake news and crap content — and the advertising that feeds them — through the wrong end of the periscope, staring down […]
March 9, 2017

Harold Evans on the personality of Donald Trump and the media reaction to his election and stance on “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts”.

Harold Evans interviewed on the BBC Radio Four Today programme, 28th February 2017. He discusses the personality of Donald Trump and the media reaction to […]
February 23, 2017

Frum: Bias, propaganda and ‘catastrophic’ mistrust of US media

This is a transcript of part of Sam Harris’s interview with David From about Donald Trump and the “fake news” issue. Has has emerged as […]
September 27, 2016

‘Change’ is bullshit

I ended up voting for Barack Obama, but while he was in a race against Hillary Clinton his campaign slogan drove me to distraction. “Change […]