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Armed Man Threatens D.C. Pizzeria Targeted By Fake News Stories

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:00 -0500

In Washington, D.C., local businesses are asking for more security after an armed man threatened a pizza place targeted by fake news stories. Police say the North Carolina man wanted to investigate a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton runs a child sex ring from the restaurant.

Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:55:00 -0500

Your friend shares a story on Facebook. You read the headline and you think it's too good to be true, but it looks like it's from a news site. Experts offer tips to help you sniff out fact from fake.

In Victory For Protesters, Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Pipeline

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:15:00 -0500

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, essentially halting the construction of the oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

CNN Anchor Christiane Amanpour Concerned For U.S. Journalism In Trump Era

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about a speech she gave last week in New York calling for the freedom of the press — in the United States.

Former NPR Foreign Correspondent Alan Tomlinson Dies At 69

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:07:00 -0500

Tomlinson was known for his gifted storytelling and award-winning journalism in both public radio and television. A colleague said he was "a foreign correspondent straight out of central casting."

'Bloomberg' Reporter Enlists Experts To Become An Instagram Influencer

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

These days, a strong social media presence can say a lot about your identity. Some do social media well — almost flawlessly — to the point where they can become influential enough to use their personal brand to make money. But what happens when a modest dad-type aspires for the allure that comes with having millions of followers? NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bloomberg reporter Max Chafkin about his month as an "Instagram influencer."

For Advertisers, Fake Eyeballs May Be Bigger Problem Than Fake News

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

Kellogg's and other brands have pulled some online ads because of where they've ended up being displayed. But advertisers may be more worried about sites that generate fake traffic using bots.

Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:18:00 -0500

The New York Times' Eric Lipton says that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings. But Lipton doubts congressional Republicans would probe such conflicts.

The Risks Of Normalizing The So-Called Alt-Right

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:10:00 -0500

Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt discusses Holocaust deniers, and the similarities she sees in media coverage of the so-called alt-right movement, which has been associated with white nationalism.

Fake News Surge Pins D.C. Pizzeria As Home To Child-Trafficking

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:47 -0500

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong. His Washington, DC restaurant was the victim of a damaging fake news story.

Do 'Hipster Cooking Gadgets' Spoil Comfort Of Cooking?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:00 -0500

Keith Blanchard wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled "Why Hipster Cooking Gizmos Are Killing Cooking." He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about why they bother him so much.

Trump's Week With The Press

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:00 -0500

Donald Trump dressed down TV execs one day, and tried to rehabilitate his relationship with the press the next day by sitting down with the New York Times.

Experts Say Russian Propaganda Helped Spread Fake News During Election

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:32:58 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg about the role of Russian propaganda and the flood of "fake news" this election season.

We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:31:00 -0500

"The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right," says Jestin Coler, whose company, Disinfomedia, is behind some fake news sites.

Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:44:00 -0500

Stanford researchers assessed students from middle school to college and found they struggled to distinguish ads from articles, neutral sources from biased ones and fake accounts from real ones.