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Podcast: Distinguishing Fake News from the Truth in Media Sources

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Podcast with Dr. Bjorn Mercer, Program Director, Communication, Philosophy, Religion, World Languages and the Arts and
Lynn Mardon, Faculty Member, School of Arts and Humanities

Over time, those who watch or listen to news broadcasts have come to distrust the stories they see or hear. The accusation of “Fake News!” is often leveled at newscasters without sufficient proof of why someone feels a news story is not genuine. In today’s social media era, false stories and hoaxes are even spread – deliberately or accidentally – and find a wide global audience.

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In this podcast, American Public University philosophy faculty member Lynn Mardon and Dr. Bjorn Mercer discuss truth, lies and fake news. Lynn Mardon explains what fake news is, why it is important for all of us to be better consumers of information, what could happen if we no longer trust the news media and how to become better critical thinkers to combat fake news.

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About the Speakers

Dr. Bjorn Mercer is a Program Director at American Public University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Missouri State University, a master’s and doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. He writes about leadership, management and why the humanities and liberal arts are critical to career success. Dr. Mercer also writes children’s music.

Lynn Mardon is a full-time philosophy instructor in the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University. She holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Houston.

Dr. Bjorn Mercer is a Program Director at American Public University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Missouri State University, a master’s and doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Mercer also writes children’s music in his spare time.

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