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Author Topic: Fake news, fake elections, fakerendums


Alcuin
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Fake news, fake elections, fakerendums
on: May 18, 2017, 08:56

Apparently this nonsense was reported in Britain's Daily Express; Independent; Metro; and Daily Mail...
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/15/everyone-fell-for-this-fake-story-about-a-pastor-eaten-by-crocod/22087601/

Yahoo and AOL didn't do any elementary fact checking either so AOL had to publish an update...
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/15/reports-pastor-trying-to-walk-on-water-gets-eaten-by-crocodiles/22086943/

I am even more concerned about the way the Iranian elections are being discussed and reported. Like those in Hong Kong, the government decides who may be elected and who may not. That obviously isn't democratic and I think a different word is required to describe democratic elections and distinguish them from rubber-stamp ones. The same goes for referendums.

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