News & Opinion | May 24, 2017 2:50 pm

Why Fake News Is So Hard to Extinguish

New York Times Media Columnist explores the phenomenon's long history before 2016 election.

Fox News has retracted a story that connected the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to email hacks that helped the campaign of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” Fox News said in a statement. “Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.”

Fake news struck again, but the phenomena stretches back through recorded history, according to New York Times Media Columnist Jim Rutenberg. Instances of false reporting can be traced to the propaganda war between Mark Antony and Octavian, which was waged in the century before the birth of Jesus Christ, which were waged through the images on coins.

And its method of communication has only evolved since then.

Today, we use the Internet. And despite attempts by publishers, tech giants and educators to scourge false reporting and online conspiracy theories from social feeds and the mainstream media, Rutenberg points out that the Rich story as proof that we’re gonna need a bigger algorithm.