Fake news sources cause problems

By Tristan Davis – Features Editor

It’s Sunday morning, and my Keurig is pumping out a decent cup of coffee for me to enjoy. I’ve been in New Jersey playing volleyball all weekend, so it’d be a good idea for me to catch up on what’s been happening in the world the past couple days. Here’s an idea; why not head over to BuzzFeed? They’ll catch me up right away and I’ll be able to converse with anyone I want regarding the weekend’s headlines. 

The top story is a news article by one of many “BuzzFeed news reporters,” a title so hilarious I almost spit my coffee onto my computer screen. It’s an update on Trump’s travel ban being shot down by a Federal Appeals Court. To be honest, it’s well-written, adheres to the standards of journalistic news articles, and the photo of Trump is credited to Reuters, not stolen from the vast selection of Trump headshots floating around the world wide web. I’ll keep scrolling.

The next article is titled “17 Insanely Funny Valentine’s Day Posts All Single People Will Relate To.” It’s a series of blown-up photos taken from Tumblr consisting of a three-to-five word caption like “just too real” or “this undeniably true realization.” After scrolling some more, one can find even more hard-hitting BuzzFeed stories such as “This Color-Coded Food Quiz Will Reveal If You’re A Fast Or Slow Eater.” Below that is a Pulitzer-worthy piece titled “Can We Guess Your Birthday Based On Your McDonald’s Preferences?” No, BuzzFeed, please refrain.

This is where the problem lies; entertainment sites deciding to dip their toes in the ocean of news journalism, and putting publications like the New York Times or the Boston Globe in a negative light. Celebrities and people with large followings are urging us not to read newspapers because they feel the 24-hour news cycle just isn’t what it used to be.

Though BuzzFeed is certainly the industry leader in articles such as “7 Easy Dinners That Basically Make Themselves,” sending news reporters to public events or press conferences makes it more difficult for news outlets to be taken seriously. Though everyone enjoys a meme from time to time, it’s crucial to differentiate what outlets are to be taken seriously, and what outlets just want me to “Build a Salad and Guess My Age and Dream Job.”

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