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16 First Amend. L. Rev. 121 (2017-2018)
The Media's Definition of Fake News vs. Donald Trump's

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                    DONALD TRUMP'S

                        Angie  Holan*

       When  PolitiFact fact-checks fake news, we are calling out
fabricated content  that  intentionally masquerades   as news
coverage of actual events.
       When   President Donald Trump  talks about fake news, he
means  something  else entirely.
       Instead of referring to fabricated content, Trump uses the
term  to describe news  coverage  that is unsympathetic to his
administration and his performance, even when the news reports
are accurate.
       Trump  is so taken with the phrase fake news, that he's
mentioned  it at least 153 separate times between January  and
October,  2017,  in interviews, on  Twitter, and  in speeches,
according to a count compiled by PolitiFact.1
       Recently, Trump  even took credit for inventing the term.
Look,  the media  is fake, Trump  said in an  interview with
conservative  pundit  and  former  Arkansas   Governor   Mike
Huckabee.2  The media  is-really, the word, I think one of the
greatest of all terms I've come up with-is  fake. I guess other
people have used it perhaps over the years, but I've never noticed
       In ten years of fact-checking, we here at PolitiFact have
not seen such a yawning chasm  between  the meaning  of words.
       PolitiFact has devoted  many  hours  to knocking  down
fake news:  accounts of events that never happened,  from  the
frightening to the frivolous.
       We've  fact-checked whether NASA   said the earth would
be plunged into darkness for fifteen days in November. (Pants on
Fire.).' We've looked  at whether  HIV   had been  detected in

* Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact. She previously was deputy editor,
and before that a reporter for PolitiFact, helping launch the site in 2007. She was a
member of the PolitiFact team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the
2008 election. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2005 and previously
worked at newspapers in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and New Mexico.
1 Angie Drobnic Holan, The Media's Definition ofFake News vs. Donald Trump's,
POLITIFACT (Oct. 18, 2017, 2:11 PM), http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-
meter/article/2017/oct/ 18/deciding-whats-fake-medias-definition-fake-news-vs/.
2 Huckabee, Gov. Mike Huckabee's Full Interview with President Trump I TBN, YOUTUBE
(Oct. 7, 2017),
3 _d.
4 Joshua Gillin, It's Fake! NASA Never Said the Earth Will Go Darkfr 15 Days in
November2017, POLITIFACT (June 14, 2017, 12:33 PM),

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