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Fake News

Introduction

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Since Donald Trump became president there has been an increase in people deciding to move away from the mainstream media for their news believing that most of what they hear is politically motivated and “fake news”. As the divide between the left and right of politics grows wider in the US and other countries it seems that it is not just the right who are starting to distrust the mainstream media, but the left as well, with both claiming that the news outlets are biased towards the other side.

In addition, with the increase in technology, there are now a number of different places where people can access and get their news whereas in the past these options were fairly limited. This increase has undoubtedly led to more distrust of the media as there are now many different contradictory news stories on the internet.

Vocabulary

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  • umbiased (adjective)
  • report (verb)
  • mainstream (noun)
  • distrust (verb)
  • contradictory (adjective)
  • bias (noun)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Do you trust the mainstream media?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Fake News
  • How often do you watch the mainstream media?
  • Where do you usually get your news from?
  • Do you trust everything you hear on the news?
  • Where do you think is the best place to get honest reporting?
  • Do you think that news networks are unbiased?
  • What do you think is the best way to get the truth?

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