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Editorial: Fake News

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Friday, March. 3, 2017.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about so-called "fake news." The moniker is new. We used to call it tabloid. 

Outrageous claims, outright lies - readily available on the shelves of supermarkets. Most people knew what they were reading was fabricated. Responsible readers certainly wouldn't pass it along as fact since they considered the source. 

Today, social media users pass along lies without even knowing the source. We all need to stop it. By continuing, we bear responsibility for blurring the lines between fact and fantasy, between truth and distortion.  

If we don't know the sources and they haven't earned our trust, we shouldn’t believe it and we certainly shouldn’t share it as fact

Facebook followers deserve the truth. There are hundreds of local media outlets across the country, including some here in Birmingham with long-standing commitments to verifying facts before reporting them.

We take our responsibility seriously here at WBRC FOX6 News to spend the time and resources to always report accurately and fairly because you expect and deserve facts not fake.

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