Take on Fake

Air date: 03/30/2020

Take on Fake

Take on Fake is a new YouTube series that debunks claims seen or shared online to show people how to stay informed. Host Hari Sreenivasan (PBS NewsHour WeekendAmanpour and Company) follows the Internet rabbit hole of misinformation, reading beyond a single headline to find credible sources to uncover the truth.

Take on Fake is a Public Media NJ Inc. production for WNET. A trusted news source, WNET is America’s flagship PBS station, bringing quality arts, education and public affairs programming to audiences across platforms. WNET’s trusted news programming includes PBS NewsHour Weekend, Amanpour and Company, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, MetroFocus and NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams.

Episode 1: “COVID-19 Fake Cures and False Diagnoses”
Misinformation about COVID-19 is rampant, so are fake cures and false diagnoses. When the news – and the coronavirus – moves this fast, how can you separate fact from fiction? We look at a few popular falsehoods that persist despite being thoroughly debunked.

Episode 2: “How Does Misinformation Lead to Racism and Xenophobia?”
Where did COVID-19 come from? Researchers have strong theories, but none of them include consuming bat soup. So why did a video of a woman eating bat soup from 2016 recently go viral? And why did it inspire such vitriol on the internet? We speak with Dr. Russell Jeung from San Francisco State University to try and better understand how misinformation and xenophobia work together during times of crisis.

Episode 3: “How to Fact-Check Like a Journalist with First Draft’s Laura Garcia”
Fact-checking isn’t just for professional journalists. With so much misinformation around COVID-19, how can you check the facts for yourself? Multimedia journalist Laura Garcia from First Draft walks us through how she fact-checked a viral video of an “escaped coronavirus patient” using free tools on the internet.

Episode 4: “How Can You Tell Satire from Misinformation?”
Some satire websites go to great lengths to label themselves as satirical. Others don’t. So what happens when people mistake satire for real information? In this episode, we look at how satire gets labeled – and mislabeled – online. Daniel Funke from Politifact and satirists Jeremy Levick and Rajat Suresh join.

Episode 5: “Tips from the Teenagers Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation”
Schools are closed, and students are home. What do teens do during a pandemic? Some are becoming expert fact-checkers through a program called the Teen Fact-Checking Network. The program teaches students digital literacy skills to help them spot misinformation and disinformation online. Angie Li, a student in the program, walks us through her fact check of a viral TikTok video.


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Host Hari Sreenivasan