The Media Lies: October Surprise

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Misinformation and disinformation about current events spread fast online. False, misleading, and misattributed stories and images add to the confusion about what is happening in today's world. 

Join us monthly as we explore media coverage on a trending topic and practice looking for misleading content. Learn about skills and tools to help you stem the spread of misinformation.

September's Topic: October Surprise. "October Surprise," first coined by Reagan campaign manager William Casey, is the term used to describe unexpected political disasters just before an election in the United States. Read more about the phenomenon at SmithsonianMag. We will look at some famous October Surprise events and look at current media coverage leading up to the 2020 election.


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