At least ‘The Onion’ doesn’t pretend to be real news. Just well-written ‘stories’ that parody news. But it gets harder to spot the truly fake from the plausible, somewhat fake. For instance could you spot which one of these is an Onion story, and which is made up?
- The Secretary Of Treasury Announces Plan To Remove Gross Penny From Circulation.
- An Ipsos Public Affairs study (for Buzzfeed) showed that fake headlines fool American adults 75% of the time.
- Pope Francis asked Catholics to not vote for Clinton.
OK, so the story about the penny was a classic Onion piece. The Ipsos Study was real. The Pew study was just made up for your entertainment, though the story about the Pope did get circulated on social media, thought it had been debunked.