I am always intrigued as to how a new word or term can become part of daily use so quickly. It is not so long ago that whilst the two words ‘fake’ and ‘news’ were obviously frequently used on their own there were not used together. It seems the combining of the two words started in America but I may be wrong on that point. Either way the term is clearly in fairly frequent use now. But what does it mean? As far as I can we should call a spade a spade fake news is simply lies. It is where someone states things have happened or ascribes views to others which are simply untrue.
It seems to me the reason for this explosion of so called fake news is the internet. This is the vehicle through which fake news seems to get off the ground. Anyone can start a website and start posting their own ‘news’ there is no one to check how accurate it is. On a bigger scale it can often be in the interest of an organisation to have people believe the facts are not what they actually are. I do know that I have to spend a lot of my time explaining that what someone had read and then complained to me about is simply not true.