Yahoo's Advice To Trump: Educate Children In Media Literacy To Combat Fake News

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Writing for Yahoo News, National Political Columnist Matt Bai provides a suggestion to combat the so-called “fake news” epidemic that has become a major talking point of the mainstream media since Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election. According to Bai, we should be “teaching our kids how to consume” information in an age where the internet has provided a press to anyone with a computer and a router.

Within his article, titled “The real problem behind fake news“, Bai calls fake news a “searing hot topic these days” and mentions the infamous WaPo article which cites a shadowy, anonymous organization known as PropOrNot (Propaganda or Not) that smears many legitimate conservative and libertarian news sources like Zero Hedge, Infowars, Breitbart, World Net Daily and The Ron Paul Institute as Russian propaganda.

That WaPo article highlighted what was the second blacklist of websites to make its rounds in the mainstream press last month. The first list was put together by a nobody liberal professor from Merrimack College (let me tell you how worthy of circulation that is).

Bai writes:

The emergence of “fake news” is a searing hot topic these days, as you’ve probably heard — a new, truth-free media to go with our new, truth-free politics. The Washington Post reports that a lot of these phony stories, some of which probably influenced the election in at least a tangential way, originate with Russian “bots” programmed to confuse American readers. (Payback, I guess, for all those years when Voice of America did the same thing.)


Under enormous pressure, Facebook and Google have now promised to do a better job of curating the content that populates their sites. Which is all very comforting, if you really want software engineers assuming the role of civic arbiter that has traditionally fallen to journalists. I don’t.


And the problem with cracking down on social media sites is that it’s a little like the war on drugs. You can try to stamp out the supply of garbage news, but the Web is a vast place, and as long as someone can make money off misinformation, it will always find a crack through which to seep.

Aside from citing the WaPo hit piece on basically all effective news outlets outside the MSM realm, Bai is being reasonable. Most will agree, it is better not to have Facebook and Google taking on the role of civic arbiter and information gatekeeper. And the promoting of a crackdown on social media could lead to the very slippery slope of censorship.

The Yahoo News journalist goes on to writes:

No, the long-term solution here is about stemming the demand. The answer doesn’t lie in hectoring tech companies into policing content, but rather in teaching our kids how to consume it.

Bai says that “navigating the news media isn’t intuitive anymore” and compares it to flying a plane rather than driving a car.

“A Big Bang at the genesis of the Internet age” has fractured the entire (Media) industry and its audience into a million pieces,” he says.

“The proliferation of social media and the rise of mindless aggregation” is also causing this problem of “fake news” reaching the masses, Bia writes.

My kids will spend months of their young lives studying the Revolution and the Civil War and the advent of mass production, which is fine. In grade school, they spend some part of every year revisiting the social movements of the ’60s, which is noble and important.


But what’s called “media literacy” in the education world — the ability to consume torrents of information with some level of competence and sophistication — is still an outlier in social studies curricula, despite having been discussed now for decades. Even when it’s taught, it’s crammed into a high school unit, by which time today’s grade-schoolers will have been surfing YouTube for half their lives.

It seems like a great idea, teach kids how to objectively analyze the media. But, if we are to take the mainstream media’s labeling of “fake news” seriously, we will find ourselves telling our children that only big networks like CNN and MSNBC are trustworthy sources.

The real problem with the entire fake news narrative is that “fake news”, by PropOrNot’s definition, is really not a problem at all.

The mainstream media is telling everyone that since Google’s algorithm made a mistake by linking to a false news report, individuals now must surrender their ability to look at things objectively and only trust the big news networks.

Just look at’s blacklist, it is full of alternative news sites that now have large enough audiences to bang heads with the corporate controlled press. And considering that the trust in the mainline news is equal to that of trust in congress, this can only be seen as a way to discredit the grassroots news organizations that are threatening the old media’s reign.

The labeling of fake news should be left up the internet user who might stumble across some wrong information or even some disinformation.

It would be foolish to allow the mainstream press, an unknown organization that hides its identity and a leftist professor that teaches feminist media studies, to provide what is real and what is not.

I would also not be too enthusiastic on the public school system, that runs off federal funding, embracing the rise of alternative voices in media that are usually critical of government (the way it is suppose to be).

Matt Bai ends his piece for Yahoo with a very laughable thought.

Here’s a radical thought: If President Trump is looking for a bold and useful education initiative that might serve the incidental purpose of redeeming what’s left of his soul, media literacy would be a pretty good place to start. Getting behind a nationwide push in K-through-12 classrooms could be an important and unifying priority for the incoming education secretary, Betsy DeVos.


Willingly or not, Trump has done more than anyone else to expose the problem. The least he can do is begin to address it.


You mean the Donald Trump that absolutely ridiculed the mainstream media during a meeting last month over their blatant bias coverage of the election and misrepresentations?

Hate to break it to you Matt, but if Trump were to do that many of the websites on the PropOrNot list cited by WaPo would be presented as “real news” to our children. CNN and ABC would be identified as the establishment government lapdogs that they are.

I hope Trump takes your advice.

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wisehiney's picture

ZH primer for the kids.

Do not believe any of that crap, youngun.

TeamDepends's picture

Yahoos advice to children: Pizza parties are fun!

El Vaquero's picture

Yes, teach the kids healthy skepticism and to know how to go look up source data whenever possible.  

J S Bach's picture

“J S Bach’s Advice To Parents: Educate Children In Logical Thought To Combat Mainstream Fake News"

NoPension's picture

Mine is grown.... but once you put your kid in the school system...the indoctrination starts. It doesn't end until they are thoroughly brainfucked coming out of college.

Global warming. Fags. Tranny's. Liberalism. Socialism. More fags. Up is down. Down is up. God is bad. Castro and Che are good. More fag....

847328_3527's picture

"Yahoo" does not have news, only propaganda similar to cnn and npr.

LithiumWarsWAKEUP's picture

Notice their 'Comments' section was altered into the Election days. Got rid of the 'thumbs up and thumbs down' icon and replaced it with a 'heart'. wtf. Many, many users of Yahoo's Comments boards got their Comments changed,,,literally changed, after being posted. Many wrote of this fact. So Yahoo,,,go suck it.

Stroke's picture

Stopped reading at "The Russians"......."The Russians did it" is the new "It"s Bush"s fault", or "the dog ate my homework".

Cynicles's picture

These asshats are still not able to comprehend  their ad hominem attacks are being reversed and used against them -- thier Alinsky is remedial at best.

Duane Norman's picture

Here's a guide to WaPo and their "source" vs. my own site.  Hint - they're both faker than I am.

Jim in MN's picture

OT but Oh Shit, Look At This!!!

The progressive Democrat (and Muslim) Keith Ellison is being VETOED for DNC chief by Jewish lobbyists.

Shit just got even realer.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Sheesh.  Yahoo is a source of much of that "fake news"

Got The Wrong No's picture

Every article Rick Newman wrote on Yahoo was Bias as hell. It was an everyday occurrence. Hillary was NEVER trashed or even questioned. 

Yahoo is a certified fake news outlet. It was also overrun with paid trolls. It still is. 

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Exactly the name I was thinking when I wrote previous comment! 

Taint Boil's picture

Some real stuff here:

Action Movie Kid

A must see ....

BabaLooey's picture

Yahoo is effluvia for the vapid.

Larry Dallas's picture

I know all veteran ZH'ers are thinking this, but I'll say it anyway:


Perhaps YHOO and Marissa Mayer should get their own house in order first before providing such frivolous advice.

Vardaman's picture

Yes, kids, you need to know how to spot real Peruvian flake as compared to the stepped on crap...

Ink Pusher's picture

*Always remember it's always better when snorted through a 18K Gold straw, from between the tits of a $10,000 a night hooker eh !

bugs_'s picture

Is that fake advice?

insanelysane's picture

I'm really starting to believe that all of these MSM elites don't realize that they are the fake media.

It's sad but still brings a smile to my face.

PT's picture

They realize they are in the shit but have zero interest in changing their ways.  Instead of trying to lift themselves up they try to bring the alternative media down.

They fail to acknowledge that they created their own demise.  They told big whoppers.  They maintained lies of omission.  They distorted the truth.  Now they act all surprised that no-one believes them.  Denial to the end.  True Psychopaths.

booboo's picture

Some days I feel like a nekked hog farmer with a walk behind manure spreader.

beijing expat's picture

Quite honestly it shows a mastery of Doublethink. They can hold contradictory views without ever noticing the contradiction.

1984 wasn't a warning, it was a guide.

insanelysane's picture

Ding ding ding.  We have a winner.  It is the contradictory views.

Bush killing leader of Iraq; Bad.  Obama killing leader of Libya and trying to kill leader of Syria; Good.

Schools telling parents their kid is fat; Good.  Schools telling parents their kid is pregnant; Bad.

Obama saving GM; Good.  Trump saving Carrier; Bad.

Burning US flag; free speech.  Burning Mexican flag; hate speech.

IDs for voting; Bad.  Buying a health insurance ID every year; Good.

Smoking cigarettes; Bad, dangerous health issue.  Smoking marijuana; Good, hipster, fun.

SMG's picture

What the lying media is trying to label "fake" news is actually truth.

And to quote Churchill:

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is


BOPOH's picture

Kissinger and Brzezinski to Be Honoured by Nobel Institute and Oslo University

gregga777's picture

Honored for what? Committing the most War Crimes? That Kissinger had many hundreds of thousands murdered in Vietnam just for being civilians.

manofthenorth's picture

At 93 years old, I would have hoped that nasty old bastard would be feeding the worms in hell by now.

Alas no such luck for the living.


“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” “It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.” “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests” “The issues are too important to be left for the voters.” “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” “Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God”

“Behind the slogans lay an intellectual vacuum.”

“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”

-Henry Kissinger

mary mary's picture

Psychopaths give honors to each other.  It's part of their "cover".  ( It's just business; nothing personal. :-)

land_of_the_few's picture

That the special "murdering ignorant incompetent in their *own* field guesswork-fake goosestepping fucks" prize?

P.S. Norway. Why the fuck did the Brits and the Soviets even bother saving it. These days, it's "if it's wrong, it must be Norway". A bit of fire and sword cleansing required.

thecondor's picture

Yahoo is just peddling fiction.

PT's picture

They really are a bunch of Yahoos.  I thought they might have used that name to encourage themselves to do better.

Lost in translation's picture

MSM = fake

Yahoo should be charged with criminal misconduct for deliberately misleading people and disseminating lies, willfully.

Burn the MSM.

Yen Cross's picture

  My advice to Yahoo is STOP using "click bait" to sell your shitty fake news.

  Yahoo=AOL 2016 style<   No profits, crappy management, worthless business model, clunky Email, and even worse security protocols.


peddling-fiction's picture

Yep, they are goners. Sell and rearrange the deck chairs while the libtard band plays the last tune.

buzzsaw99's picture

my advice for people is to stop breeding because the situation is clearly hopeless.

1980XLS's picture

Marissa Compensation vs Value = Fake.

ironmace's picture

My advice to Yahoo is to go out of business

BabaLooey's picture's my back up, back, back up, taxi squad reserve email dump-site

...but OK....shit can it.

gregga777's picture

It's a well-known AND well-documented fact that the United States CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has been in control of the Western, especially including the American, Mainstream Corporate Media & Entertainment Oligopoly for many decades. The Mainstream Corporate & Social Media & Entertainment Oligopoly are by far the leading purveyors of FAKE NEWS on the planet. They have about as much credibilty and are about as popular as the United States Congress.

samsara's picture

Notice how the new "Goldstein" is always a variable not a literal? 

A Literal, like The Indians, Red Coats, Yankees, Rebs, Germans, Japs...

A variable is like 'Terrorist' What exactly a "Terrorist" is changes as needs change.

Yesterday it was people who supported Ron Paul as well as 'Islamoterrorists'

The current one is "Fake News"  That means whatever they want it to mean at the time.

Ink Pusher's picture

Fuck YAHOO! And their bullshit advice. They couldn't give a shit about literacy.Half of their editorial staff are fucking imbeciles and most of their operational staff can't even manage to spell check their headlines.

Every third "new story" they publish is SPONSORED FAKE NEWS!


cheech_wizard's picture

Matt Bai? LOL... almost as bad as that other fuckstick that writes for Yahoo... Rick Newman.

The kings of fake news on Yahoo.

Yen Cross's picture

  I use Yahoo for my junk mail.

  Another butthurt snowflake trying to indoctrinate children because "critical conscientiousness-thinking" isn't allowed in the Potemkin Libtard Village.

  Eat your mushrooms serf>>>>