Fake News: Spike in transgender suicide rates after Trump elected

first_imgThe Federalist 6 February 2017Family First Comment: This one example is stunning enough, but there’s 15 (!!) other examples of lies lies lies told by the media since Trump was elected. As the writer concludes..“Why are our media so regularly and so profoundly debasing and beclowning themselves, lying to the public and sullying our national discourse—sometimes on a daily basis? How has it come to this point? Perhaps the answer is: “We’ve let it.” The media will not stop behaving in so reckless a manner unless and until we demand they stop.”After Trump’s electoral victory on November 8, rumors began circulating that multiple transgender teenagers had killed themselves in response to the election results. There was no basis to these rumors. Nobody was able to confirm them at the time, and nobody has been able to confirm in the three months since Trump was elected.Nevertheless, the claim spread far and wide: Guardian writer and editor-at-large of Out Zach Stafford tweeted the rumor, which was retweeted more than 13,000 times before he deleted it. He later posted a tweet explaining why he deleted his original viral tweet; his explanatory tweet was shared a total of seven times. Meanwhile, PinkNews writer Dominic Preston wrote a report on the rumors, which garnered more than 12,000 shares on Facebook.At Mic, Matthew Rodriguez wrote about the unsubstantiated allegations. His article was shared more than 55,000 times on Facebook. Urban legend debunker website Snopes wrote a report on the rumors and listed them as “unconfirmed” (rather than “false”). Snopes’s sources were two Facebook posts, since deleted, that offered no helpful information regarding the location, identity, or circumstances of any of the suicides. The Snopes report was shared 19,000 times.At Reason, writer Elizabeth Nolan Brown searched multiple online databases to try to determine the identities or even the existence of the allegedly suicidal youth. She found nothing. As she put it: “[T]eenagers in 2016 don’t just die without anyone who knew them so much as mentioning their death online for days afterward.”She is right. Just the same, the stories hyping this idea garnered at least nearly 100,000 shares on Facebook alone, contributing to the fear and hysteria surrounding Trump’s win.Maybe It’s Time to Stop Reading Fake NewsSurely more incidents have happened since Trump was elected; doubtlessly there are many more to come. To be sure, some of these incidents are larger and more shameful than others, and some are smaller and more mundane.But all of them, taken as a group, raise a pressing and important question: why is this happening? Why are our media so regularly and so profoundly debasing and beclowning themselves, lying to the public and sullying our national discourse—sometimes on a daily basis? How has it come to this point?Perhaps the answer is: “We’ve let it.” The media will not stop behaving in so reckless a manner unless and until we demand they stop.That being said, there are two possible outcomes to this fake news crisis: our media can get better, or they can get worse. If they get better, we might actually see our press begin to hold the Trump administration (and government in general) genuinely accountable for its many admitted faults. If they refuse to fix these serial problems of gullibility, credulity, outrage, and outright lying, then we will be in for a rough four years, if not more.No one single person can fix this problem. It has to be a cultural change, a kind of shifting of priorities industry-wide. Journalists, media types, reporters, you have two choices: you can fix these problems, or you can watch your profession go down in flames.Most of us are hoping devoutly for the former. But not even a month into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the outlook is dim.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/06/16-fake-news-stories-reporters-have-run-since-trump-won/last_img read more

North Dakota State

first_imgWhen everybody was watching Ohio State beat Oregon, the North Dakota State Bisons of the FCS (Football Championship Series) division of college football won their 4th straight championship.  They defeated Illinois State 29-27 in a thriller where lead changes were the rule.The Bisons did this despite having a new coach this year.  Their first 3 championships were under Craig Bohl who left the North Dakota school for Wyoming of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series).  They won their 4th championship this year under Coach Chris Klieman.Another interesting aspect of this game was Illinois State’s coach, Brack Spack.   Spack was the defensive coordinator under Joe Tiller at Purdue.  Many Purdue fans wanted him as their head coach when Tiller retires.  However, in Purdue’s usual style, they passed over one of their own when a head job came open, so he went to Illinois State.  When other schools play for or win championships, Purdue’s teams finish last.last_img read more

College football 2020: Preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, All-Americans and more

first_imgThe 2020 college football season remains to be determined because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Sporting News, like most fans, is hoping for the best. We’re rolling out our preseason content in the hopes that we’ll have football in the fall — even if the games don’t start on time.This is the seventh year of the College Football Playoff era. Alabama and Clemson each have claimed two national championships in that stretch, and Ohio State and LSU have one apiece. Is there a school out there that can join that exclusive fraternity in 2020? This year’s semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff championship game is scheduled for July 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.MORE: Preseason top 25 for 2020SN will have preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, Heisman contenders, preseason All-Americans and more to get you ready, we hope, for the upcoming season.COVID-19 and college footballThe impact of COVID-19 on college football remains the leading conversation about college football. The ongoing pandemic has left several questions about whether a season is possible and what alternatives might exist if football can be played in the fall. The Big Ten was the first conference to move to a conference-only schedule. Sporting News also is keeping track of the conferences that will not play football in the fall, and we are tracking where each Power 5 conference stands.What about the schedule?The college football schedule remains up in the air. The Big Ten and SEC lost several nonconference games, and the ACC has announced a conference schedule that includes Notre Dame. The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with dates on the games at this moment, and the Big 12 is still making a decision. We will update those schedules as each Power 5 conference makes those big decisions in August.College football rankings: SN’s preseason top 25Sporting News released its preseason top 25 after spring football was canceled, and there are familiar names at the top of the list. Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama hold the top three spots. Georgia — which is looking for its first national championship since 1980 — is at No. 4. Defending national champion LSU is No. 5. SN also looked across other publications to form a composite top 25.1. Clemson2. Ohio State3. Alabama4. Georgia5. LSU6. Oregon7. Oklahoma8. Notre Dame9. Florida10. Penn State11. Auburn12. Texas13. Michigan14. Wisconsin15. Minnesota16. Texas A&M17. Oklahoma State18. North Carolina19. Utah20. Cincinnati21. Arizona State22. Louisville23. Kentucky24. USC25. Boise StateRanking top quarterbacks for 2020Who are the best quarterbacks in college football? The top of the list is easy: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence — who has played in the last two CFP championship games — and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 — take up the top two spots, respectively. But there are surprises among our top 25 quarterbacks. Moreover, SN also looked at the top transfer quarterbacks for 2020, which includes Georgia’s Jamie Newman and Miami’s D’Eriq King.MORE: Heisman Trophy odds for 2020Bowl projectionsSporting News released its bowl projections for all 43 bowl games, including College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 picks. We also looked back at previous bowl projections to see how good (or bad) they were. Coach rankings, 1-130One of SN’s favorite pieces of the season is ranking the FBS coaches from 1-130. It’s a list that starts with Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, but where do the other active coaches with national championships — Ed Orgeron, Jimbo Fisher, Mack Brown and Les Miles — fit in? We have Power 5 rankings for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.Preseason All-AmericansSporting News is one of five outlets used to determine consensus All-Americans at the end of the college football season. We have released its annual Preseason All-American team, though Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, a second-team selection, has decided to opt out of the season.Sporting News top 40 playersWho is the best player in college football? Which conference has the most players in that top 40? Sporting News answered those questions when it released its Top 40 Players for the 2020 season. That list starts with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and is filled with several Alabama stars. Find out who else made the list.last_img read more