A pair of bills introduced by California lawmakers aim to combat so-called fake news


A pair of bills introduced by California lawmakers aim to combat so-called fake news
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A pair of bills introduced by California lawmakers aim to combat so-called fake news

Melanie Mason

Politicians and members of the media are increasingly bemoaning the rise of "fake news," though rarely is there agreement on how to define it. But can this new phenomenon be legislated away?

Two separate bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers Wednesday aim to do just that by offering proposals that would help teach Californians to think more critically about the news they read online.

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) has introduced a measure that would require the state to develop curriculum standards that incorporate "civic online reasoning" to teach students how to evaluate news they read on the Internet.

"Recently, we have seen the corrupting effects of a deliberate propaganda campaign driven by fake news," Gomez said in a statement. "When fake news is repeated, it becomes difficult for the public to discern what's real. These attempts to mislead readers pose a direct threat to our democracy."

Gomez said his bill, AB 155, would prepare California students to differentiate "between news intended to inform and fake news intended to mislead."

In a similar measure, SB 135 by state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), the state education board would be tasked with creating a framework f…

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