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Colorado Lawmaker Sets Example For Trump, Deletes Fake News

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.30.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado State Rep. Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) has set an example for lawmakers everywhere, from Trump on down, by removing a fake-news item f...

Colorado Lawmaker Says "Each Individual Has To Be the Arbiter" of Fake News

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.18.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If the left and right are ever going to agree on ground rules for stopping the spread of fake news, both sides will have to wear gloves and nose clips...

State Legislator Sets Good Example by Deleting Fake News From Her Facebook Page

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.10.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Outgoing State Rep. Kit Roupe (R-Colorado Springs) has cleansed a false "public service announcement" from her Facebook page. In May, Roupe shared th...

State Senator Declines to Sign Fake News Pledge, Saying Term Fake News "Smacks of a New Censorship"

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think twice about signing some pledges, if you're a politician. But a pledge not to spread fake news, if it's found to be false by "Snopes, Pol...

The Fake News Pledge and Colorado Politicians Who Need to Sign It

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.03.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Facebook and Google are taking a lot of heat for allowing falsehoods, packaged as news, to viralize across the internet, but lawmakers, who legitimiz...

Fake News Site Sparks Concern Over 'Deadly Marijuana' Recall Claim

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 10.05.2016 | Weird News

What are they smoking? A fake news report about a marijuana recall is creating some buzz online after claiming that four people died and 49 others we...

Don't Believe This Facebook Food Stamp Rumor

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A rumor that President Barack Obama will give a thousand bucks to everyone on food stamps has circulated so widely that one state govern...

Why Do People Post BS On Facebook?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.24.2016 | Technology
Lev Raphael

Recently I was telling friends about having taken a Facebook vacation for a month, partly because of the sniping between Sanders and Clinton camps, an...

Republican Posts Bigotry on Facebook for Discussion

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.11.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Adams County Republican Party Vice Chair John Sampson does not believe that a Muslim judge, who chose to take her oath of office with her hand on a Qu...

Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend

Ian Squires | Posted 08.31.2014 | Comedy
Ian Squires

While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person.

What Can You Believe About 'Obamacare'?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A small part of the American public still believes some astonishing lies about this law, and new lies are surfacing every day. Let me evaluate some of these myths.

Seniors Are Asking... What's Next for Medicare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, what is the impact going to be on Medicare? The short answer? Not much.

I Have Figured Out the Tea Party

Jamie Frevele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jamie Frevele

The teabaggers are the political equivalent of Justin Bieber. Teabaggers, however, have taken it a step further and through viral campaigns have successful spread their message like herpes.

Anger and Outrage -- America's Fastest Growing Religion

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

As long as a growing group of people continues to believe that our national sickness is all about dark-skinned people and evil politicians, our problems will only get worse.

Your Health Insurance Will Not Be Taxed Next Year

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

There is an email making the rounds claiming that the new health reform law requires you to pay taxes on your employer-sponsored health insurance. It's not true. Politifact rates this email "pants on fire" and Snopes calls it "false."

Jason Linkins

Obama Rumors: Presidency Spurs Renaissance | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Early on, Obama's campaign team sought to address a swamp of fiction by going pro-active, launching a website called "Fight The Smears." These efforts were basically redundant to the good works of

Troll Patrol - 5 Things You Can Do

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Trolling is a growing problem online and especially in social media spaces. It clogs up our email boxes, confuses the follower/following counts and throws monkey wrenches into people actively building engaged online communities. I have created my own types based on behavior I have seen.

Feeding the Beast--Our Addiction to Anger and Fear

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves the vast majority would say "happiness." So why do so many people spend every moment watching and reading things that are designed to make us angry or afraid?

In Praise of Silence

Ann Medlock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ann Medlock

I'm taking a stand for fewer communications, for timeout for reflection and maybe even a little research before we all hit the Post/Send/Publish buttons. The result could well be more signal and less noise.

Tripping Up the Know-It-None: Five Places on the Web to Find the Truth

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Hershon

Five online sources you can depend on to give you the straight scoop, which you can then use to straighten out your local Know-It-None.

Ending the Email Lies: Forward This

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As new age media, we have a responsibility to accuracy, just like professional reporters. This means anything sent to you that says "forward this" should never be forwarded. It is spam.

"Books Banned by Sarah Palin" Email Is Urban Legend

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Palin may not be a "bookburner," but she sure has a history of burning the people who give her political opportunities.