‘“Publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017,” Smith writes. This is an amazing thing to say, because if you think it through, it means publishing open libels and slanders is the job of reporters in 2017.
“Fake news will become more sophisticated, and fake, ambiguous, and spun-up stories will spread widely,” warned an important American editor at the end of December 2016. His name: Ben Smith. His publication: BuzzFeed.’
Media outlets data mine their clicks and know how to tweak their targets in to more likes, shares and clicks, to sell more eyeballs to advertisers.
This is a bit unusual for an editor to come right out and say that “the job of reporters in 2017” is to publish more fake news. Wow.