When is news news?

As of May, 2016 a majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

That is real news. This is factually verifiable.

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This is fake. Trump never said that. It did not appear anywhere in People Magazine, 1998, or any other year, or any other magazine, for that matter.

But more people are aware of this fake meme than the real Pew survey. A lot more. And I’m not picking on democrats attacking republicans. Both sides are guilty of this nonsense. More often or not, these kinds of posts are released simply as jokes. But with the incredible speed of social media, these jokes become facts in a matter of minutes.

So enjoy watching dancing kitties with your Facebook friends, but get your news from the grownups.

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