It’s no secret that President Donald Trump frequently calls out “fake news.” Does he have a point? Fake news is no joking matter, and recent revelations have proven that to be true even internationally. Claas Relotius, a now former reporter at German leftist news outlet Der Spiegel, resigned after suspicions of fraudulent news information. It has been reported that he gave a lengthy admission of guilt, and then resigned.
Relotius won CNN’s “Journalist of the Year” award in 2014. He won the award for a story titled “Murderers as Carers.” At least 14 of his 60 articles provided fraudulent information. It hasn’t been reported yet if the story that earned the CNN award was fabricated.
Fake news is an issue that doesn’t just plague the journalism industry, most Americans are concerned about it as well. According to a Monmouth University poll, the majority of Americans, 77 percent, believe that the media reports “fake news.”