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Richard Engel: Social Media Overwhelms Users with Disinformation

Engel says that the problem with social media is that it overwhelms individuals with information to the point that users are exposed to disinformation.

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On Thursday, Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, was in Indianapolis accepting the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award and warning of an issue news media faces with social platforms.

Engel stated that the problem with social media is that it overwhelms individuals with information to the point that users are exposed to disinformation.

“There’s so much out there. The way to confuse people is to overwhelm them,” Engel said (h/t Deadline). “I call it censorship by static. I mean static like what you have on your television set when you don’t get good reception.

“When we used to have television antennas, we’d get snow, so what you have now is censorship by static, where there’s just so much information, a lot of it false or rumors or unimportant, that the actual important voices get drowned out. And it’s a very insidious kind of way of confusing people, making people disinterested, making people easily manipulated.”

The NBC News reporter preached that it’s up to the news media outlets to chase news that helps people understand the world rather than pursuing clicks and ratings as it leads to feeding their readers and viewers “junk food.”

“Try and help people understand the world a little bit better, because if we’re just chasing eyeballs and we’re just feeding people more junk food,” Engel added.

“And in a society that is struggling with information obesity, I don’t think that’s going to help the planet that we’re living in, the country that we’re living in, going forward.”

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CNN Refutes Claims From Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro About Presidential Debate

“CNN’s proposed format was to have both candidates stand and both sides agreed to the rules when they agreed to debate.”

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During Fox News’ The Five Monday, panelist Jeanine Pirro claimed CNN has mandated that the upcoming Presidential debate will be held with both candidates seated for the 90-minute event, in an effort to help President Joe Biden. The network has denied that accusation.

“They’re out there saying this election is not about age. Joe and the other guy are about the same age, even for the debate is– as Jesse is saying, they’re gonna be seated,” Pirro posited. “We don’t even get to see them walk in. They’ll be seated, so there is one less obstacle to worry about for Biden.”

However, CNN has denied that assertion.

“CNN’s proposed format was to have both candidates stand and both sides agreed to the rules when they agreed to debate,” a network spokesperson told Mediaite.

The argument presented by Pirro echoes that of a viral post on X from an account labeled as the Washington Reporter. The account only features 1,700 followers, but a post claiming that the Biden campaign was looking to renegotiate terms of the debate received more than 2.8 million views on the platform.

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Fox News Digital Sees Month-Over-Month Growth in Several Categories

On YouTube alone, the cable news giant saw 175.3 million views during the month of May.

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Fox News finished May as the top digital brand among news organizations in several metrics according to Comscore.

The network was the leader in multiplatform minutes and views, and saw growth in both categories during the month. In total, it earned more than 3.2 billion minutes, with 1.7 billion views, according to the report. 100 million unique visitors engaged with Fox News content on a digital platform. 5.8 million unique visitors utilized the company’s mobile app.

On social media, Fox News saw 26.4 million interactions, making it the most engaged news brand for the 117th consecutive month according to the network. On YouTube alone, the cable news giant saw 175.3 million views during the month of May.

Additionally, FOXBusiness.com saw more multiplatform views than both CNN Business and Bloomberg for the 37th consecutive month. 23.3 million unique visitors visited the brand on its various platforms.

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Fox News Announces Promotions for Peter Doocy and Jacqui Heinrich

“From the North Lawn to foreign summits to the campaign trail, it is my daily honor to seek answers for the American people on the issues impacting them most.”

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Fox News has announced that both Peter Doocy and Jacqui Heinrich have been elevated to the role of Senior White House Correspondent for the cable news outlet.

“I am honored to continue bringing our viewers the latest on the news that impacts them the most from the White House and around the globe,” Doocy, who has been with the network since 2009, said.

“Covering the White House has been the privilege of my career, and I am humbled and grateful to continue serving our viewers in this capacity,” said Heinrich. “From the North Lawn to foreign summits to the campaign trail, it is my daily honor to seek answers for the American people on the issues impacting them most.”

Jacqui Heinrich has been with Fox News since 2018, and has worked at the White House for the cable giant since 2021. In addition to her role at the White House, she’ll continue as co-host of the Fox News Rundown podcast.

“Peter’s commitment to providing viewers with hourly news and insight from the White House has remained steadfast since he started in this role straight off the 2020 campaign trail and we’re thrilled to have him continue doing so,” Fox News President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace said of Peter Doocy while announcing his promotion.

 “Since being named to the White House beat in 2021, Jacqui has distinguished herself with persistence, tenacity, and professionalism and we’re proud to have watched her career flourish at Fox News,” he added of Heinrich. 

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