Fake News – Real Consequences

The New York Times article, “Reading Fake News, Pakistani Minister Directs Nuclear Threat at Israel” was disconcerting on so many levels.

First, the minister in the report was Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the current Defense Minister of Pakistan. One would think or dare I say hope that the Defense Minister would have accurate information.

Second, the two countries, Pakistan and Israel, both own nuclear weapons.

Three, regardless how distasteful the fake news may be, they are part of the free speech as long as no laws is broken.

And Four, if, and this is a big if, legislators decide to “safeguard” citizens from the fake news, where do we draw the line?

What do you think the balance between the free speech and the fake news should be?

 

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2 Responses to Fake News – Real Consequences

  1. This all sounds to me like an episode of Black Mirror. I took a break from reading/watching the news for a couple of months, lived in oblivion, started reading the news again, not sure if it was the right decision.

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    • terryshen says:

      Yes Leo. It is weirder than fiction when reality and fake news become blurred. It also mean that we the readers must be more critical with what we take in and not taking things at face value.

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