Let’s decide once and for all what Fake News really is. Remember when it was easy to tell the difference?
Well, now it can be a little harder but one thing is for sure — news is not fake simply because a Republican doesn’t like it.
And somebody is standing up to them.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado is accusing state Sen. Ray Scott of defamation and threatening to sue. If filed, legal experts said it would be the first suit of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.
The Sentinel published an editorial asking that the state senator go forward on bill to make it easier to obtain public records. The senator did not take kindly to some damn body making legitimate requests.
Scott took issue with the column on Twitter. “We have our own fake news in Grand Junction,” Scott tweeted.
Boy Howdy, Sen. Ray Scott just poked the wrong publisher. He’s says he gonna take a few days to cool down but he damn well might sue. A lawyer who has represented the Sentinel before has a say, too.
“We are seeing a trend, not just here in Colorado, but that politicians for a variety of reasons have taken to calling very legitimate media entities — whether it be The New York Times, The Washington Post or CNN — fake news,” he said. “It’s intended to delegitimize those sources for news.”
Oh, this might be fun.
Thanks to Brad for the heads up.