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Norman Baggs: Fake news an unwelcome media player
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When I started in the newspaper business 40-plus years ago, I never imagined that before my career was done there would be a national dialogue on how to keep a gullible public from being misinformed by the proliferation of “fake news.” Of course back then, dissemination of the news was much more controlled than it is today. Smalltown newspapers kept you up to date with the community in which you lived, state and national newspapers covered the bigger stories, television news was aired only on the traditional broadcast networks, and radio chimed in when it could, with smaller stations usually echoing what other news sources already had reported.