©Jimmy Margulies/Political Cartoons
Fact vs. Fiction
 
In the final three months of the 2016 presidential campaign, the spread of misleading and fake election-related news skyrocketed on social media, at times getting more “likes” and clicks on Facebook than real election stories by reputable news outlets. Some people have argued that the misinformation, often originating on websites that look like real media outlets but aren’t run by actual journalists, swayed and affected the outcome of the election. In response to the problem, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently outlined a plan to make it easier for users to identify fake news, saying that the company takes “misinformation seriously.”
  1. Describe what is happening in the cartoon.
  2. What is the connection between the book of “fairy tales” and the girl’s statement? What’s ironic about her words?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
  4. Do you think the spread of misleading news poses a threat to democracy? Explain.
  5. As more and more people get their news on social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, what responsibility, if any, do such outlets have in vetting content? Explain.