CNN’s political commentator Jeff Zeleniewski says fake news is causing Americans to feel afraid and he is concerned about what will happen in 2020.
Zeleniewski says he has seen fake news become a “huge problem” and says Americans are “frightened” by it.
He says fake stories can be used to influence elections and there is a perception that if we’re not vigilant we are complicit.
We’ve seen this for a long time.
We’ve had fake news spread all over the place, from the World Trade Center bombing to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and it’s been used to get into politics, to get us into wars.
We know from history that we can be duped.
The idea that we’ve somehow been given the responsibility of being the guardians of the truth is a dangerous one.
We are not the experts.
We’re not experts in how to deal with fake news.
But we have a duty to tell people what they’re getting.
We have a responsibility to protect them from the information that they’re being presented with.