October 26, 2020
Fake News 2020: Combatting Misinformation & Disinformation
In the lead up to one of the most anticipated elections in generations, Greentarget surveyed more than 100 journalists to learn more about the growing problem of fake news. The resulting report addresses fake news’ origin and causes, its worst and most chilling effects and how journalists think it’s affecting their profession and the public at large.
“I [work hard] trying to be as accurate and fair as possible,” one of the journalists told us, “and someone wants to wave their hand, dismissing something because they choose not to believe it.”
It’s clear that part of the problem is the murkiness of the term itself. Still, fake news is something journalists believe they and their colleagues are best positioned to fight — and that they don’t strongly support government action. It also shows that journalists don’t believe that the problem of fake news will improve based on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election – and that fake news has been a growing problem for several years.
In concluding this first-of-its-kind report, Greentarget offers suggestions on how PR professionals can help journalism – given its value in establishing true positions of authority and to both a free market and a functioning society.