I received a link to an article from a newspaper I consider disreputable.
I don’t know whether “disreputable” is the right word. I haven’t looked it up on any list and didn’t know much about it.
But, five out of five articles that I had found there via Google/News that had sounded interesting turned out to be somewhere between grossly misleading and simply untrue. A while back, I suppressed it from my news feed and hadn’t thought about it since.
This particular article was sent by a colleague that I sit on an advisory board with and is beautifully written. It describes how a particular Noble Peace Prize winner would think about some of the current events. I’m guessing that it’s wrong, but I don’t know for sure. It would be a fair bit of work to figure this out. More work than I am ready to do today.
They are going to want to talk about it at the advisory board meeting. I don’t know what to do or what I will say.
When I opened up a browser to write this, I saw a link to a youtube video titled that it was proving something well known to be true to actually be false. As I was getting ready to complain about the feed algorithms, I noticed the channel name had the word Comedy in it.
Perhaps that news source was meant to be satire and I just missed it.
I have seen articles from The Onion and The Journal of Irreproducible Results cited by writers who didn’t realize they were humor and ultimately published despite there being fact-checkers in the process.
I don’t actually think that this news source is really meant to be humor. I don’t think that treating it as such will get me through the advisory board meeting.
Perhaps I should stick to “Lots of weather we’ve been having lately,” and “Wasn’t the traffic one Hell of a commute to our zoom meeting.”