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W&L’s Colón Talks Fake News with PolitiFact Journalism professor Aly Colón shared his expertise with PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter

— by on October 19th, 2017

“…people are inclined to believe whoever they came to the dance with. Until something very obvious and visible contradicts that, they’re not going to have a very strong basis for accepting things from people they don’t trust.”

Aly Colón, Knight Professor of Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University, recently shared his expertise in a PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter story titled, “The media’s definition of fake news vs. Donald Trump’s.”

Colón suggests it’s understandable that public figures get angry when they’re accused of something but they don’t know who the source is. “If President Trump doesn’t believe what is said, then he would believe it is fake, because it doesn’t fit into the reality that he accepts,” Colόn said.

Read the full PolitiFact piece online.