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Author Tucher, Andie, author.

Title Not exactly lying : fake news and fake journalism in American history / Andie Tucher
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2022]
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Summary "Long before the current preoccupation with "fake news," American newspapers routinely ran stories that were not quite, strictly speaking, true. Today, a firm boundary between fact and fakery is a hallmark of journalistic practice, yet for many readers and publishers across more than three centuries, this distinction has seemed slippery or even irrelevant. From fibs in America's first newspaper about royal incest to social media-driven conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's birthplace, Andie Tucher explores how American audiences have argued over what's real and what's not and why that matters for democracy. Early American journalism was characterized by a hodgepodge of straightforward reporting, partisan broadsides, humbug, tall tales, and embellishment. Around the start of the twentieth century, journalists who were determined to improve the reputation of their craft established professional norms and the goal of objectivity. However, Tucher argues, the creation of outward forms of factuality unleashed new opportunities for falsehood: News doesn't have to be true as long as it looks true. Propaganda, disinformation, and advocacy-whether in print, on the radio, on television, or online-could be crafted to resemble the real thing. Dressed up in legitimate journalistic conventions, this "fake journalism" became inextricably bound up with right-wing politics, to the point where it has become an essential driver of political polarization. Shedding light on the long history of today's disputes over disinformation, this book is a timely consideration of what happens to public life when news is not exactly true"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Disinformation -- United States -- History
Fake news -- United States -- History
Journalism -- Corrupt practices -- United States -- History
Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States -- History
Press and politics -- United States -- History
Disinformation.
Fake news.
Journalism -- Corrupt practices.
Journalism -- Objectivity.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism
Press and politics.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021036121
ISBN 0231546599
9780231546591