Stanford: Ted Koppel delivers a brief history of fake news to the Stanford community

Some call it fake news and alternative facts. Others claim it’s disinformation. A few might say it’s post-truth politics where objective facts are obscured by subjective opinion.

“Tens of millions of Americans have had their confidence in the concepts of objective reality, indisputable facts and good journalism undermined. Perhaps, irretrievably,” said Ted Koppel at Stanford University. (Image credit: Holly Hernandez)

To acclaimed journalist Ted Koppel, former anchor for ABC’s Nightline, a Stanford ’62 alum and the 2018 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford, it’s eroding American values and the freedom of the press.

“It is entirely appropriate that we recognize and label those efforts as corrosive to the very foundations of a vibrant democracy,” said Koppel, before a packed auditorium at Stanford Wednesday.


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