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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 1, 2016 li If you paid any attention to Facebook during this election, you most likely saw at least one fake news article on your feed on any given day, whether you realized it or not. The problem Facebook page and agreed that even if you hate the website, you still find yourself scrolling through your news feed. We all saw the widespread sharing of political posts on social media. Members even had to unfollow people because of the political garbage that was posted and with these articles is that people only limited their posts to those will share these falsehoods without doing any research on their own time. Some people blamed Face- book for the outcome of the election because of the epidemic " care anymore about verifying of fake news, but in reality the people are the reason why those stories were being spread. Face- book was not invented to share political news to your friends and family. It was created to share your family vacation pic- tures and network with people. Five out of the Free Press six editorial board members have a from fact checker sites to elimi- nate the fake news spreading. Another problem that causes fake news to spread is that people just do not seem to content. People will read a far- fetched headline and share the story without even reading it. These people do not realize that some writers create "click-bait" headlines where the story does not even match the headlines. Readers need to start looking for sources and attributions in stories to make sure the news they are reading is legitimate instead of falling victim to a false headline. News has now moved into the corporate umbrella of en- tertainment. We gain access to stories so quickly that we do not even take the time to digest what we are reading. News is not about being accurate any- more, but it is about reporting it first, which is one of the roots of the problem. As for the election, the main issue was that people wantedto get the election over with and not learn about it. There was so much negativity with the cam- paigning that people did not want anything to do with it. Donald Trump would say things that you wanted to hear and that is how the mainstream media works now. People want to believe the fake headlines surrounding Trump and Hill- ary Clinton and would fully believe in them without do- ing a second of research. As Mark Twain once said, "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." If we had focused more on the issues that each candidate brought to the table instead of the "he said, she said" junior high behavior, the whole cam- paign would have been different. Fake news did not give Trump the election, the people did. We need to go back to the concept behind Facebook, which was to be a fun platform to share our lives. Let's go back to when we shared pictures of meals instead of political posts. It leaves the news to the professionals and takes it away from the Facebookers fearlessly posting behind a screen and keyboard. Write to the Point ial :e recount i in twist By PAUL DELANEY Staft Reporter The election that we thought was once and for all over appears to not be, after all. For the general public, they thought they may h a v e washed off the last of the dirt Paul Delaney Nov. 9 after Hillary Clinton delivered that very painful conces- sion speech she never likely dreamed would have to be given. For the media types it's either that forgotten Christ- mas gift that-never made it out of the closet, or the smell that cannot be Lysoled away. Forgotten, it seems, were the words of Clinton's speech where she hoped that Donald Trump would be "a successful president for all Americans," and "We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead." Then along came Jill Stein of the Green Party, who collected under 2 million of the popular vote and has initiated a recount of selected states. "So we make sure our votes count," a party spokesman said. And apparently seeing a second story window to the White House left unlocked, Clinton grabbed the lad- der to see if she might just shimmy her way in. This after Michigan of- ficially certified its election results giving Trump -- like it or not -- a 306-232 edge in the Electoral College tally. Now if that was not enough of an edge, consider the approximately 2,600 to 500 margin of county-by-county voting and Trump taking over 80 percent of the geog- raphy of the nation. I thought I was seeing a Ve- rizon coverage map when I saw the mass of red on the map. Yes, of course there's the matter of the popular vote. But aside from the usual ar- gument that the vote of the Electoral College is the way we do things in the country for presidential elections, there was another analogy that maybe even the ideo- logues can grasp. Was not what has just occurred similar to a best- of-seven sports series ul- timately being won by the team that scored the fewest runs or points? By the way, Chicago and Cleveland each scored 27 runs in the recent- ly completed World Series. Now Stein is trying for the equivalent, well after the fact, to find two more runs for Cleveland following their 8-7 loss in game seven on Nov. 2. Perhaps because DNA evidenceshowed spit on a baseball? And Clinton has hitched herself to Stein's campaign following an outpouring Of requests urging her to do anything to assure the system was not hacked, her attorney, Mark Elias said. Keep in mind there has been no evidence of fraud. Why? You know darn good and well had there been it would have occupied above-the- fold prominence in print, top and bottom-of-the-hour radio news and every net- work news program, non- stop. Because speaking of DNA, that's what the media does when it gets even a passing whiff of a rascally rotten repulsive Republican rat. Wisconsin is first up on the recount. It's where Trump leads by 24,000 votes and election officials suspect by recounting about 3 mil- lion ballots that there will See Write to the Point page 5 FREE PRESS Vol. 120-No. 33 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Editor John McCallum Pressman Reporters Mark Cordes Paul Delaney AI Stover Sales Staff Intern Steve Barge Grace Pohl Dawn Chernak DeeAnn Gibb Graphics John Myers Front Office Claire Simpson Rachel Stuart Bookkeeper/ Publisher Office Manager Harlan Shellabarger Debi Labish The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stover, Claire Simpson, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The CheneY Free Press is published every Thursday by the Free Press Publish- ing Company, William Ifft, president. Periodical post- age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. 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