In 2016, “fake news” entered our collective lexicon, bringing an instantly recognizable term to something that has existed for ages. Hoax articles are nothing new. Publications like the Weekly World News and the Daily Sport have long filled their pages with fabulously implausible stories, like “Kim Jong Un is a space alien.” But this was something different. On both sides of the political divide, the 2016 election was filled with hyper-partisan faux-reporting. Pope Francis, for example, purportedly endorsed both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Many have attributed the deluge of fake news to the stunning victory of Donald Trump over…

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