Tuesday 26 September 2017

Pray for Sweden: basic fact-checking and other top tips for the fake news president

US President Donald Trump speaks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington DC, flanked by, from left, Candy Carson; Dr Ben Carson, Mr Trump’s pick for Housing Secretary; and Alveda King, niece of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP
US President Donald Trump speaks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington DC, flanked by, from left, Candy Carson; Dr Ben Carson, Mr Trump’s pick for Housing Secretary; and Alveda King, niece of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Margaret Sullivan

With cries of "fake news" coming from all sides, schools are stepping up teaching media literacy to help students distinguish rumour from fact, hoax from reality.

As US President Donald Trump's bizarre suggestion of a recent terrorist attack in Sweden proved last weekend, he needs a crash course.

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