In this episode Beth and Kelly interview Alex Kaplan from Media Matters for America. Mr. Kaplan is a research coordinator with a focus on far-right media and fake news. Media Matters for America is a Web-based non-profit founded in 2004. They are a progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
We talk with Mr. Kaplan's about his research on radio stations and how they are spreading fake news. And of course, with all fake news - there is more there than one would think. Music stations and sports radio have fallen victim to spreading fake news - and the correction rate found was a resounding 9%.
So what can we do? Should it be on the radio station to not spread fake news? Or the listener to verify what they heard was true? Our discussion falls to the radio station to be correct when the news they give out - but we will say - if you hear something untrue on the radio - let them know! Hold your local stations to the standard of spreading jam, not lies.
You can follow Alex Kaplan on Twitter at @AlKApDC or at the Media Matters website www.mediamatters.org
Alex's Jam of the Week, Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. The band sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, produced four US Top 10 singles and remained at No. 1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. The album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-highest-selling album to date.
Kelly's Jam of the Week, What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.
In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
Beth's Jam of the Week, Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Radio, Radio
A fake Super Bowl story reached a sports blog, a former NBA player, and multiple radio stations
A fake Maxine Waters quote about the Supreme Court is spreading on social media and radio
Radio stations across North America have repeatedly spread fake newsA fake CNN site started a viral hoax. Radio stations blamed CNN.From the political to manure, radio stations are still running with fake news
From the political to manure, radio stations are still running with fake news
Fake news about Anthony Bourdain's death reached radio stations and foreign TV
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