Fox News, Credibility, and Librarians as Fact-Checkers

by mlarents

A twenty-year old bro just punked Fox News.  Max Rice agreed to be interviewed as a “recent college grad and former Obama supporter.”  Not only is he not a recent grad (current student) he wasn’t even old enough to vote in the 2008 election.

The interview is giggle-inducing, but also highlights a pretty serious issue in regards to research and fact-checking on cable news.  The Atlas states, “credibility, like knowledge and learning, rests in the control of the member not us,” (Lankes, 91).  Something is credible when it has the potential to shift someone’s worldview.  Did Fox News’ interview segment come off as credible?  Did it sway anyone?  Probably not.

As future librarians, it’s pretty darn crucial knowing where our information comes from, and whether it is legitimate or not.  It’s unsettling to me that even a teensy bit of research was not done prior to interviewing Max.  A simple google search brings up this video of a Max Rice, one who sounds incredibly similar to the guy being interviewed, speaking at a high school graduation in 2010: http://tinyurl.com/9ju6q29 In addition, Erik Wemple at the Washington Post has confirmed through the university’s registrar that Max is a currently enrolled student: http://tinyurl.com/8edut7x

So, WAH-BAM, Fox News.  Perhaps you should hire a librarian or two to be super-sleuth-fact-checkers?

 

 

Barry, Doug (2012).  Fake ‘former Obama supporter’ pranks Gretchen Carlson, proves that Fox has no fact-checkers.  Jezebel.  Retrieved from: http://jezebel.com/5944029/fake-former-obama-supporter-pranks-gretchen-carlson-proves-that-fox-has-no-fact+checkers

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