California lawmakers seek more indoctrination with ‘fake news’ class for students
Two separate bills introduced by California Democratic lawmakers Wednesday aim to help teach Californians to think more critically about the news they read online.
Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a measure that would require the state to develop curriculum standards that incorporate “civic online reasoning” to teach students how to evaluate news they read on the Internet.
“Recently, we have seen the corrupting effects of a deliberate propaganda campaign driven by fake news,” Gomez said in a statement. “When fake news is repeated, it becomes difficult for the public to discern what’s real. These attempts to mislead readers pose a direct threat to our democracy.”
Gomez said his bill, AB 155, would prepare California students to differentiate “between news intended to inform and fake news intended to mislead.”
In a similar measure, SB 135 by state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), the state education board would be tasked with creating a framework for a “media literacy” curriculum.
“The rise of fake and misleading news is deeply concerning. Even more concerning is the lack of education provided to ensure people can distinguish what is fact and what’s not,” Dodd said in a statement.
The fake news phenomenon burst into public consciousness at the close of the 2016 election and earlier this week as Donald Trump exploded at a press conference following the full disclosure of a phony story published by BuzzFeed and CNN: “You are fake news,” the President-elect shouted at the CNN journalist.
MSNBC apologized for fake news story on Trump and Christmas party in December and post-election hysterics were tainted by bogus stories like the one at Bowling Green involving a student who made up a “hate crime” story.
Of course, the definition of “fake news” eludes the mainstream press and politicians.
Was it fake news for President Obama, Susan Rice and others in the administration to blame the attack in Benghazi on a YouTube video insulting Muslims? How about when the AP doctored a photo to perpetuate global warming hysteria – check that out below.
Much of this is NOT fake news but rumored and bad journalism.