Stop Fake News Stories and Encourage Equal and Unbiased News Reporting

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Stop Fake News Stories and Encourage Equal and Unbiased News Reporting

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America and the World, 

We deserve not to see fake news. We deserve to read nonpartisan analysis on proposals and candidates. We deserve both candidates or sides getting equal coverage, not only in words or airtime or articles, but with accountability. We deserve to know what is news and what is opinion. Media is not supposed to be showing the people what they want to see, but what they need to see. How else can we make informed decisions as a society?

This petition calls on major news and media sites (including any missed) to provide equal and FACTUAL coverage on both sides of any issue, especially surrounding elections. The candidates or sides should be held equally accountable. Fake news needs to be banned from social media. Opinion sites and shows MUST be labeled as solely opinion, and not fact, and MUST contain opposing views or rebuttals that are FACTUAL. 

This disturbing article (http://www.vox.com/new-money/2016/11/16/13659840/facebook-fake-news-chart) from Vox outlines how towards the end of the 2016 election cycle, the 20 highest performing news articles were fake. Voters this election cycle experienced information spreading in a way it never has before. The impact of social media on this election, while never explicitly stated, has been enormous. Damaging, even, from the perspective you look at it from. 

This is misinformation to the highest degree- spreading stories to people who won't know enough or won't care enough to know otherwise. While this election cycle, the fake news was disproportionately in favor of Mr. Trump and often bashed Secretary Clinton, this will not always be the case. With the spread of social media, misinformation and blatant lies will spread as well. Facebook's algorithm shows us what we want to see in our news feeds- never the opposite angle. Facebook didn't do much to stop the fake news. Neither did other major social media sites. Google did not filter fake news sites and displayed them in the news column. 

Every voter, and every person deserves to have the facts. The solid facts, and they should be uniform between news sites. John Green recently commented, as a Clinton supporter, he encountered Trump supporters and Republicans who cared about exactly the same things as he did, but their facts differed greatly. 

Neither side of voter was less susceptible, however. This is not calling out Trump supporters and praising Clinton ones. Rather, it is a wake up call to ALL Americans, and everyone in the world, because this "news" crisis will affect every election from this point onward. Every voter should be informed before they cast their ballot. Fake news hinders our voters from making decisions based on the facts. 

Not only did fake news plague this election, so did unfair coverage and partisanship. Yes, we all know it, most media companies will lean one way or another. Media companies NEED to provide unbiased fact. They need to give equal coverage to both candidates, which involves holding them to the same standards. This article by Vox (http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/15/13564522/trump-muslim-ban-front-pages) details (with info-graphics) the disproportionate coverage of Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton. This petition is not to benefit any one party, but to make a change for future elections and future voters. We all deserve the facts.

No, an opinion should not be labeled "fact" or "news". Opinion shows air on news channels, but they should be labeled as such. A newscaster's opinion should not be taken as fact, and the audience needs to recognize that. A disclaimer would provide just that. In addition, opinion pieces must be factual! Regardless of difference in opinion, facts are facts. We saw too much of what we wanted to see this election season. Opinion shows must provide factual rebuttal or counterarguments, or include people with opposing views to provide a sense of wholeness.

News companies that are not news must be labeled as purely opinion. News companies MUST fact check each other and the general public. Misconceptions need to be debunked and the general public should have relatively the same information on an issue if asked. The fact that we can't even agree on facts is appalling. 

We need to do better. Not just for a certain party or belief, but for everyone. We all deserve the truth. 

 

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