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SUNY Geneseo Fraser Hall Library Subject Guides

HIST 302 Famine in Modern Society -- Professor Cope: Fake News Workshop. Part 2, September 13

Confirmation Bias

The Impact of Fake News

The Miseducation of Dylan Roof.

Fake News and the Psychology of the Brain, Circulating Ideas episode 116: Laura Lauzen-Collins


"The Left has a Post-Truth Problem Too. It's Called Comedy."  By Stephen Marche, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6, 2017.

"Stewart put himself in an ideal position—he was moral arbiter who could determine what was hurting America while he took absolutely no responsibility himself. He knew better than the journalists but he was not subject to their rules. He was just an entertainer."


Satirical Sites deliberately distort reality for a variety of reasons, such as making a political point or entertaining the reader. It is important to remember these sources because any news story from them can and should be disregarded as a direct source of information. Satire should be funny, call attention to an issue by distorting reality, and be clearly marked as satire. Anything else is dangerous to the common good.

Confirmation Bias


The Misconception: Your opinions are the result of years of rational, objective analysis.

The Truth: Your opinions are the result of years of paying attention to information which confirmed what you believed while ignoring information which challenged your preconceived notions.  David McRaney, "You are not so smart"