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How Fake News is Destroying Credibility, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 22nd September, 2017

Fake News

When the US Elections were being held last year, the then presidential candidate Donald Trump made lots of noise about and still does, for example recently on June 13th he tweeted “The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty. Purposely-incorrect stories and phony sources to meet their agenda of hate. Sad!” What is Fake News? According to Wikipedia, they have defined it as “Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.

Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention. Intentionally misleading and deceptive fake news is different from obvious satire or parody which is intended to humor rather than mislead its audience.” Almost everyday we are receiving news via our Whatsapp and while you might be quick to share that you have interesting content, take a second to look at it again and check if it is legitimate. This is the new way of spreading rumors, the sad part is that everyone thinks they have become a reporter and this “fake news” ends up spreading like wildfire.

Recently in light of our own General Elections of August 8th, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission’s Commissioner Dr Joseph Nasongo has said, “we are not interested in Fake News per se, but the content. There are those that have been deliberately designed to stir ethnic emotions or violence. We want the online community to help us stem hatred that is being spewed on social media.” While citizens may use fake news to misdirect each other, even politicians or those in power can do that to suit their agenda. A classic example when after the immediate kidnapping of Chibok girls in Nigeria the politicians told media it is a fake story. The price we are paying for the real story not getting to where it needs to is getting higher. They can use it to spread an agenda they like, for example during the Second World War the Nazi Germany used this propaganda machine to further their mission. You must remember these tips when spotting fake news: consider the source, read beyond, check the author, supporting sources, check the date, is it a joke, check your biases and ask the experts.

Fake news is meant to cause harm or even topple a Government. Don’t fall victim to it. Even if it is a family or friend’s story, always get to the real source before you share unconsciously and let an untruth get legitimacy. You are responsible for what you read and say, so do it mindfully and responsibly. When you are in charge of information have the honesty to use it effectively and not for your personal gain. Fake news is here to stay for a long time mostly because of the social media and technology chatting tools that are available to us.

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Do Not Ignore This Trump Mania, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 27th January 2017

Do Not Ignore This Trump Mania, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 27th January 2017

Do Not Ignore This Trump Mania

On January 20th 2017 the world was faced with the unthinkable, yes it happened the 45th President of the United States of America was sworn in, none other than Mr Donald J Trump.

When he campaigned and ousted his rivals in the party, still no one believed what was happening until the final hours, the final counting, the final vote.

Yes “the vote” decided and a little bit of the electorate system, crowned him King of the not so most powerful nation in the world. What does this mean? Your vote counts whether you like it or note. And he has not wasted a moment getting into the seat that his voters gave him and immediately signed an executive order. What does this mean? The person you put into power, can do anything, yes anything.

Kenya is at an interesting time this year.

In our previous 2013 General Elections, we were new to the concept of Devolution, but let the devil not fool you anymore.

The National Assembly has 337 members of which 47 seats are reserved for women and then there are 67 members of the Senate.

There are 47 counties with 290 constituencies. This means 47 Governors and by the time you get a count of the MCAs, it is a very long list because there are 2222 Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) in Kenya. 1450 are elected, and 772 nominated.

A candidate requires the following eligibility to contest:

– qualified voters

– age: 18 years

– Kenyan citizenship

– persons registered as voters

– persons who have a post-secondary school qualification

– persons who satisfy moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament

If the starting point of a link between the Voter and the people in charge of running the country is a Member of County Assembly, then we have our work cut out for us.

There are obviously very many new aspirants in all the above positions, because they have either seen how the system works or perhaps want to rattle the ship like Mr Trump. Divide and rule will not work, so the most important will be to have a simple contest between two giant parties.

A social media campaign and neighbourhood vote can take a candidate far. That is why the voter must wake up to what is happening in the environs, for example when the water shortage hits your area, no Member of Parliament can change the consumption or creation of a new dam, you have to start with the ground work. Who is in charge of your area, your county and then your nation. That is why who you put in each of these positions will either build or ruin your future.

It is easy to criticize a candidate’s efforts or lack of on a WhatsApp chat but it takes courage and determination to build a nation and if you do not cast a vote you have no right to complain. Even if the turn out at the Trump inauguration was not as beasty as Mr Obama, the reality is that his supporters put him in the White House and he gets to do whatever he wants. So if you want your person to achieve results, vote them in.


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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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